Sue, Peter Corlett
  • Artist
    Peter Corlett
  • Born
    1943
  • Title
    Sue
  • Date of Production
    1983-84
  • Medium
    fibre glass, resin
  • Dimensions
    175.5 x 50 x 40 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of Dr Eric Westbrook, 1994

Peter Corlett

Sue

On his return to Melbourne in the early 1980's after a period as artist-in-residence at the University of Exeter (1979-1980), sculptor Peter Corlett continued to explore the ideas of producing lifesized portraits in resin. As Corlett stated at the time "Not all are portraits which glorify, nor ones which are overly analytical; they are just gentle 'warts and all' portraits but closely observed."

Sue, modelled on the artist's former wife, was one of a series of 13 nudes exhibited by Corlett at Realities Gallery in 1984. The figure is posed with one arm hanging down and the other bent at the elbow so that her hand rests confidently on her hip. The expression on her face is an open one that gives the impression that it is perfectly natural for the viewer to be encountering her en deshabillé. She is not completely nude however; somewhat capriciously Sue is wearing a pair of high heels that emphasise the tension in her carefully balanced body.