Clutch II (from the Clutch series)

Sebastian Di Mauro
Clutch II (from the Clutch series), 2007-2008
Resin, acrylic paint
14 x 26 x 14cm


Sebastian Di Mauro was born in Innisfail in 1955 and he currently lives and works in Brisbane. Since the late 1980s he has held over 45 solo exhibitions and his work has been included in excess of 100 group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. His paintings, sculptures, artist books and installations are collected by many of Australia’s key art institutions, including: the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Bendigo Art Gallery, Besen Collection, Artbank, University of Queensland Art Museum and Deakin University.

About the Clutch Series

In 2008 Di Mauro returned to a set of forms that originated in earlier, larger sculptures, which were re-scaled to fit in the palm of the hand and cast in resin. Terracotta in colour, these inert, uncanny, mystifying artifacts are reminiscent of relics – unidentifiable in date or function – that would be presumed to contribute to social or spiritual knowledge of people in their origins did not remain a mystery. Distinct from previous sculptures that were clothed in synthetic pelts, these misleading objects are tricksters of another sort, giving the appearance of aged ceramics. Difference and diversity are generally agreed to be social goods, able to positively enlarge and enrich reality. Multiplicity and mobility offer choices that allow the continual revising of the individual and social life and its interconnections. The contiguous narratives and weird science of the sculptures of Sebastian Di Mauro touch diverse histories and contemporary issues in order to exhume the tensions between singular and communal life, existing and imaged realities. –
– Zara Stanhope


Photo: Mick Richards