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Artist Profile: Prune Nourry’s take on the Xi’an terracotta soldiers: “Terracotta Daughters”

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The terracotta soldiers of Xi’an are nothing short of amazing. And French artist Prune Nourry uses this significant archeological excavation in her installation of Terracotta Daughters—116 life size sculptures of, you got it, girls.

The collection has been exhibited at Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai and touches on a sociological phenomenon: the preference Chinese parents give to having a son.

The sculptures are modeled after 8 Chinese orphan girls and craftsmen use the molds interchangeably to come up with personalized sculptures. The clay used in the process is also the same clay (region-wise) that was dug up over 2,000 years ago for the original Terracotta Soldiers in Xi’an, with local artisans helping in the creation of the Terracotta Daughters project.

Via Ur Design. IT

Terracotta mask modeling
Terracotta figures in line
Terracotta figures in line
Terracotta figures in line in the gallery
Terracotta figures in line facial close ups
Terracotta figures in line

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Artist Profile: Prune Nourry’s take on the Xi’an terracotta soldiers: “Terracotta Daughters”