Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
MediumBronze, perspex, geode
DimensionsWork : 18 5/8 x 14 1/2 x 8 5/8 in. (47.31 x 36.83 x 21.91 cm)
Credit LinePurchased with funds donated by Mike Brummel '57
LabelPerspex is the trade name for a type of translucent thermoplastic that was invented in the 1930s to function as a light-weight, shatter-resistant alternative to glass. In the late 1960s and early 70s, Michael Ayrton used Perspex in a series of sculptures to explore aspects of perception, reflection and the relationship between three-dimensional forms and two-dimensional images. This sculpture of a kneeling figure separated from a jewel-like geode by a sheet of Perspex that is transparent enough to see through but opaque enough to create a reflection raises questions about the nature of self-awareness and the attainability of one’s desires.