Alex Seton
My concerns will outlive yours

Gallery 12

About this work of art

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My concerns will outlive yours is a sculpture, 155cm long, 75cm wide and 28cm high, created by the artistAlex Seton, in 2011. It made from Australian Wombeyan marble, stainless steel eyelets, and halyard rope. Halyard rope is a line traditionally used to hoist a flag or sail.

The object, laid on a black plinth and sculptured from glossy, almost-white, marble, is a child’s body wrapped as though for a sea burial, in a canvas flag, with no markings. It is as though the fabric in which the small body has been wrapped and tucked is too big for its meagre prize.

Adjacent to the figure’s material-covered feet are two eyelets and a short piece of rope is attached to one of the eyelets and coiled. Though covered, the form beneath is unmistakably human.

A child’s features push into the material covering, a smooth forehead and nose, a small mound at the chin. Creases and tucks are formed to define a head. The cloth dips, outlining the vulnerability of a human neck, and then rises, suggesting a chest, with arms laid close to the body on either side. Three diagonal creases form across the chest, pelvis, and thighs. The marble has an ethereal quality, marred by swirling, watermark-like imperfections, and light veins.

Lit from above, shadows are cast in the sculpture’s hollows and under hems.