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Sculpture Finalist 2016/Dries Fourie

I wanted to sculpt the Bible’s story of Pharoah’s dream of the seven cows...

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The idea for my sculpture came to me about two years ago. I wanted to sculpt the Bible’s story of Pharoah’s dream of the seven cows. The seven fat cows in his dream symbolise wealth, health and prosperous times. The seven thin cows, on the other hand, symbolise famine, sickness and death.

The two sets of cows allude to opposite sides – positive and negative. It’s a universal theme that is as much applicable to the individual’s life as it is to global political, social or economic issues.

My intenion with my sculpture is to engage the mind of the viewer. Simple forms have been arranged in a repetitive way to create intensity. Thus, borrowing an idea from Sol Lewitt in 1967, the arrangement becomes the end while the form becomes the means.

I used cement, a new and unfamiliar material to me, as an expressive device to emphasise colour, texture and shape without affecting the understanding of the idea.

This project tested my abilities as an artist but I enjoyed the challenge.

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