In 2010 Contemporary visual artist Christopher Sacre came up with an extraordinary idea when he created 2,000 babies in 22 days simply made from condoms and plaster. The liquid plaster is basically poured into the condom and when it dries, the latex is peeled and sawed off at the knotted end giving it a stable, flat base. It looks like a smooth white concrete light bulb with a pointy teat sticking out, each one at a slightly different angle. Sacre then laid 2,000 ‘babies’ (as he lovingly calls them) on the floor creating a powerful and visually stunning display of sculptural art forms which brought up all sorts of ideas and theories about ‘life’.
Having studied BA Fine Art Sculpture at Wolverhampton School of Art and Design, he is very drawn to simple forms and shapes. As Sacre lost hearing in both ears at the age of two he has always been quite conscious of how his deafness makes him physically aware of his surroundings, relationships with others; society in general, the attitudes, culture, identity, education, and so on. Conceptually, as he poured liquid in the condom his thoughts are ‘…the sperm is left inside and it all looks the same, – you don’t know whether that person is white, black, deaf or disabled’. Therefore by having 2,000 creations on one floor display, one may interpret a couple ‘whispering’ to each other, or a group sticking close together deliberately leaving one out and so on. This installation also plays with lines, space, patterns, lights and shadows.
Above pictures are with permission from Christopher via website.
I have been very aware of his art since it triggered huge media interest which helped him gain widespread reputation and recognition at its own right. He tells me that his work is very much an evolving process and about ‘living for the moment’ when he has an idea or two. His recent exhibition was funded and supported by Arts Council UK enabling him to create a sculpture child in the size of a four year old in his recent ‘Nothingness’ exhibition.
Christopher and I have known each other for quite some time now as working artists and I was so excited when he allowed me to experiment with his ‘babies’ at his studio in Medway, Kent. I had this idea that the babies could maybe visually interpret sound relationships found in music.
Harmony in music can be a tricky topic as you need to understand the structures of scale patterns found in major and minor keys and I saw that using his ‘babies’ with the pointy teat being something that could perhaps demonstrate the distance between one note to another, the intervals, closeness and space. We also played around with note placements in an arty way! Here are some insightful examples.
I have quite enjoyed experimenting with his ‘babies’ on a big sheet of musical score, playing with space and closeness in music relationships, so maybe it is possible to make harmony and note/pitch placement look visually interesting and factual. I may refer to this project again in the future. I am also looking forward to seeing the next stages of his artistic development, and may he continue to exhibit in wider art circles.
Thank you Christopher for your time. His is website, exhibition dates and works can be viewed on www.christophersacre.com