The prominence of the skull in contemporary arts has rarely been more evident than with the unveiling of Alex Seton’s monumental Wombeyan marble sculpture titled Sometimes the dead are more alive than the living (2017) at Bendigo Art Gallery this week.
From Grave to Cradle (2008) by Juan Ford provides a similar exploration of mortality and featured recently at Bendigo Art Gallery in Revealing Identity: the collections of La Trobe University.
A Melbourne-based artist, Ford’s practice explores and extends the possibilities for realism in painting, causing the viewer to reconsider the relationship between the human figure or human presence and the natural environment. From Grave to Cradle achieves this, with the added potent message that all life is finite.
From Grave to Cradle is currently on loan from La Trobe University to the Art Gallery of Ballarat for the upcoming exhibition Romancing the skull.