Michaela Stark, Dodo Wang and Jade O’Belle, ‘Composition I’, 2022

Somerset House, London
12 - 15 May, 2022

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Part of the reason why I wanted to create this sculpture is that a lot of how we look at beauty is still based on old Greek statues. In the sculpture, you have these glorious-looking women bursting out of this solid cube and wrapping themselves around it in a beautiful orbit. [...] When we were shooting, there was a moment when I saw one of the models, Jade O’Belle, standing there in the studio waiting for the lighting to be tweaked, wearing just a corset, and I thought, “Why have I never seen this before? Why have I never seen a woman in the environment of a fashion studio who looks like this?”
- Nick Knight, interview on the Financial Times

Detail of the sculpture © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Fashion photographer Nick Knight and fashion designer Michaela Stark worked on a 3D sculpture for display at Somerset House during Photo London 2022, where a solo exhibition dedicated to Knight celebrated his recent Master of Photography award. 

The bodies of Michaela Stark and models Dodo Wang and Jade O’Belle were scanned in 3D using a hand-held scanner. Following the composition conceived by Nick and Michael Gossage, Factum's digital sculptor Irene Gaumé worked on polishing and shaping up the final 3D model, in close collaboration with the artist. A 3D print of the sculpture, measuring 275 x 161 x 187 cm was produced in resin and painted in white plaster.

A section of the sculpture was also carved in alabaster as a preview to the final sculpture, which is to be produced at a later stage, and a print of the photograph The Matterhorn, Pennine Alps, 2021 on gesso-coated canvas.

Joining the 3D printed sections of the sculpture © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Nick Knight and Bex Cassie during their visit to Factum © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Mari Carmen Pascual and Aniuska Martin working on the sculpture © Oscar Parasiego for Factum Arte

The final sculpture in Factum's workshop © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Details of the final sculpture © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Details of the final sculpture © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Details of the final sculpture © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Details of the final sculpture © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Rafa Rachewsky with the print of The Matterhorn, Pennine Alps, 2021 © Adam Lowe

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