false ruins and lost innocence 3
101 x 105 x 79 cm (39 3/4 x 41 3/8 x 31 1/8 in) (work)
50 x 120 x 140 cm (19 3/4 x 47 1/4 x 55 1/8 in) (plinth)
The large-scale ceramic work takes as point of departure a building by the famous modernist architect Le Corbusier, Villa Shodhan, built in Ahmedabad in India between 1951-56. A late work built while the architect was constructing his massive government complex in Chandigarh, the use of unfinished concrete has a roughness foreshadowing the later aesthetics of Brutalist architecture.
Inside the structure rests a ceramic horse’s head. It’s cast based on a famous Greek sculpture dating to circa 438 BCE, from the Parthenon’s tympanum depicting the chariot of the moon goddess Selene on the Acropolis in Athens. The head stands for the long history of art and architecture, but it also constitutes a disruptive influence: an animal, organic forms, the unpredictability of life itself, represented by this example of ancient Greek art.
The new sculpture is one of the artist’s largest and technically complex ceramics to date. Similar to her idiosyncratic use of concrete, Melsheimer who began to work with the material in 2013, has pushed the boundaries of this craft in scale and technique, making the medium completely her own.