THOMAS DEMAND Model Studies
The shapes have a patina and biography, very different to my own models.
Small markings, penciled measurements, and diverse materials fit together like puzzle pieces, revealing an intimate sense of scale, but also the intimacy of creation and the model’s role in it.
It’s the sculptural presence, and the traces of someone’s practice, of understanding and remodeling, which raised my attention.
If my work were to become too abstract then it would all become a pointless exercise. To be something, the image has to stay on the very edge of nearly becoming something.
Demand’s fascination with other people’s models stems from the fact that they are the result of someone thinking through a concept with their hands: they are tools for thinking, for communicating thoughts in a universal language.