Opus Notum Galateae Unum
Opus Notum Galateae Unum (The Only Known Work of Galateae), 1991
Judith Shea (1948- )
Fine Art Ordinance Obligation of 150 South Rodeo Drive
This statue is a gustily romantic bronze of classical drapery swathing a striding male figure from neck to ankles. Shea plays on the fact that while fitting and projecting the human form, clothing breaks it up into parts (skin has no edges, clothes do). Here clothes make the man but only as much of him as they can reach.
Fun Fact: Shea trained as a fashion designer before turning to fine art. Traces of her first profession are visible in her use of clothing. She began casting fabric in metal so as to achieve greater strength and rigidity.