Artist: Manuel Neri, 1998
Ordinario Marble from Carrara, Italy
First floor hallway in the Gerdin Business Building
About the Art
Dominating the subject matter of Manuel Neri’s works of art is the female nude, often using the same live model. He works in a variety of media including marble, plaster, and bronze. Neri’s nudes often rely on the counter-play between the complete and the seemingly incomplete. Neri distresses his sculptures by creating an abrasive texture that contrasts with smoothed unblemished portions of the work of art. Neri’s sculptures, such as Escalieta I, are often featureless and compacted with arms tight to the body and legs rigid. His resulting female forms take on qualities of goddesses depicted in art from antiquity. His sculptures evoke the simplistic yet formal essence of the human form. Wrought in a humanistic paradox of perfection and imperfection, Escalieta I stands as a defiant monolith.