Sarah Lucas, Priapus, 2013 Favorite
Priapus (2013) is a new edition based on a cast plaster work made by Lucas as part of her Penetralia series (2008), a group of totemic objects inspired by her move to the Suffolk countryside and combining casts of a penis with fragments of found flint and wood. This summer, the object – a phallus combined with a rough-hewn sword handle – was scaled-up to create a giant concrete sculpture which is currently on view upstairs at Whitechapel Gallery. Resembling a pagan fertility emblem or archaeological find, this ‘life size’ version combines echoes of ancient amulets with the purist aesthetics of abstract Modernist sculpture – its sinuous forms and white material call to carvings by artists such as Moore and Hepworth. In its conflation of penis and sword, the sculpture blurs metaphor and literalism in a way that echoes many of Lucas’s earlier works (swords are often perceived as phallic symbols), for instance Two Fried Eggs and a Kebab – installed nearby in the downstairs gallery – in which a slang metaphor for the female body is made literal.
Medium: Cast plaster
Size: 28 x 8 x 7 cm
Edition of 25
Accompanied by signed certificate
Members price £6,255
This limited edition Sarah Lucas sculpture is available at Whitechapel Gallery