- Emily Young
- Red Mountain Head
- dolomitic limestone
- height: 87cm., 34in. (without plinth)
- height: 237cm., 93 1/4 in. (with plinth)
The passage of time is left visible for all to see and Young uses this to inform the character of the face that then emerges. Although she carves a new face for the stone something of the ancientness of the material endures – an effect that is emphasised by a visual resemblance to the sculpture of antiquity. This timelessness imbues the heads with a remarkably contemplative quality; deliberately expressionless, they evoke a sense of stoical calm. Young is keen to emphasise this aspect of her works: ‘I carve the stone into familiar forms, carrying with them an emotional charge; the forms are beautiful, the stone broken. The expressions of sadness, of reflection, are easy to read – I like to think that anyone who ever lived on Earth, anywhere, any-when, would recognise these forms, and the expressions’ (ibid.).