The ‘weird’ statue in Venice

The ‘weird’ statue in Venice


In my previous post I included two photographs of what I called a ‘weird’ statue on Sand Giorgio Maggiore.  Thank you Mrs FF for your interesting comment.  I have now read information on this amazingly courageous woman, of whom the statue portrays .. copied below from Wikipedia ..

” Early life

Alison Lapper was born without arms and with truncated legs, a condition called phocomelia. She was institutionalized from her childhood, and is still distant from her relatives.

When she was fitted with artificial limbs, she experienced them only as an attempt to make her look less disconcerting instead of actually helping her. So she abandoned them and learned to live without external aids.

At the age of 19, Lapper left Chailey Heritage School and moved to London. She acquired a driving licence and a flat. Lapper studied in The Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton and graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art in 1994.[1]

Artistic career

Lapper uses photography, digital imaging and painting to, as she says, question physical normality and beauty, using herself as a subject. She paints with her mouth. One particular influence is the sculpture Venus de Milo, due to the physical similarities between the idealized classical female statue and Lapper’s own body. She has taken part in various British exhibitions, including in the Royal Festival Hall. She is a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World (AMFPA). In May 2003, Lapper was awarded an MBE for her services for art.

After she had given birth to her son Parys in 1999, she created an installation of photographs of herself with him. Lapper and her son have featured on the ongoing BBC television documentary Child of Our Time.

Marc Quinn sculpture

A giant replica of the sculpture in the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony.

She posed for Marc Quinn for the sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant. Made of Carrara marble, it shows Lapper nude and heavily pregnant. It occupied the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square between September 2005 and late 2007.[2][3][4][5] and a large replica featured in the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony. “

Fondazione Giorgio Cini (the art centre) held a solo exhibition of Marc Quinn on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore during the 2013 Venice Art Biennale, showcasing more than 50 of his works

The 11 metre tall sculpture outside the church is in fact an inflatable replica (so I have since found out) and caused a ” bit of controversy amongst members of the Catholic Church for its placement in the Piazza.”

Sooo .. what do I think?    There must be hundreds of people out there who are like me and had no clue as to the story behind the ‘statue’ and, who also found it inappropriate for that particular spot.  I still feel it’s out of place there but I do admire the courage and bravery of this incredible woman.

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