Davy and Kristin McGuire have done it again. This time, in their most recent work, Starkers, they have created a masterpiece where a masterpiece already existed for more than 100 years. On the statue Pauline, Davy and Kristin use projection mapping to bring this once still and silent woman to life. She is finally able to play dress up and communicate directly with her audience.
The projection mapping and narration effects almost make you forget that her marble arms are ‘stuck up in the air,’ restricting her freedom of movement and life. The audience is made to feel for her immobility in a way that a usual museum patron may never have before. She deftly compared today’s use of photoshop to yesterday’s sculptors, dating her creation yet linking art from across the centuries together in one swoop.
A wonderful statement of art, beauty, and the human form all told through the medium of projection mapping.
Starkers was commissioned by Culture 24 for Museums at Night 2015 at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum and Pauline’s monologue was written by Richard Hurford.