Life and Death and David Altmejd

Sculpture Magazine, Volume 26

Michael Amy “Sculpture As Living Organism: A Conversation With David Altmejd.”

December 2007, p. 22-29

David Altmejd, of Montreal, Canada, represented Canada in the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Exhibited there was his work “The Index,” featuring werewolves, mirrors, birds, and glass. His original plan to turn his exhibition space into an aviary grew into the idea of parts of a whole becoming one organism. Although frequently depicting death, Altmejd describes his work as being more clearly about life because of its juxtaposition against dead objects. Other contrasts and contradictions are common throughout his pieces. The image of the werewolf comes from Altmejd’s desire to depict a fragmented body, a la Kiki Smith and Louise Bourgeois. Altmejd also looks to Dana Schutz, Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman, and Mike Kelley for artistic inspiration, and to Jorge Luis Borges for inspiration from a literary perspective.

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