The tactile art of sculpture

2008-01-11 00:00

Maureen Quin is one of South Africa’s best-known sculptors, her work ranging from major public commissions to small intimate pieces and from the realistic to the abstract. Perhaps less well known in KwaZulu-Natal than in other provinces, her work can now be seen in her daughter Lucy du Plessis’s Senses Gallery in Hilton.

But it was a good decision — and the grounding Stainbank gave Quin while she was avoiding the painting lecturer continues to stand her in good stead. “That sound basic training means I can do portrait busts, figures from life, all kinds of realistic pieces. They are easy for me. Accepting commissions is a good discipline — it’s back to the basics of sculpture.” And there is always the research, which Quin finds fascinating. Even if a commission may sound dull initially, something in it will inspire her for her more abstract and personal work.

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