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Hard As Lips

Jill Gibson





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 30
Length: 32
Depth: 15


found concrete block, cast plaster

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • Floor-based
  • Freestanding
  • On a plinth

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Hard As Lips 2020. The piece was conceived during the Covid-19 lock down. It was a piece created with Covid-19 very much at the forefront of my concerns during this time. It was not commissioned, but created purely for the love of making and combining found and constructed materials.

Thematic/contextual information

I found a concrete construction block during one of my permitted walks in the shape of lips. A time when touching and kissing, a fundamental human response was denied and forbidden. the shape resonated, I combined the concrete block with a smooth, pure, curvaceous form of fabric cast plaster which puckers slightly & gapes in a sensual manner, married with the rough slightly discoloured concrete block became a stark reminder that we had been denied one of our natural human senses.

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