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J.J. MCCRACKEN collaboration AARON QUINN BROPHY
These maquettes represent a body of work made in collaboration with fellow sculptor, J.J. McCracken. In 2002, during a concentrated work period, Brophy and McCracken created over twenty pieces together. Working on five or six sculptures at a time, moving from one to the next, they took turns acting on each piece. Embracing disintegration in their respective work, McCracken and Brophy both share a similar aesthetic awareness. In these pieces Brophy drew inspiration from ancient sources. While traveling through Egypt in 1999, Brophy encountered a pair of monolithic seated figures called the Collossi of Memnon. These incomplete and deteriorating statues made such an impression on Brophy that he was inspired to simulate archaic decomposition in his own work. These are seminal works for Brophy that inspired his life-sized personal landscapes.