Enrico David


jesmonite, pigment, and fiber tissue
16 1/2 x 12 x 3/4 inches
edition of 5 + 2 AP

A strange, poetic anthropomorphism permeates Enrico David’s work. Figurative forms appear reduced, hybridized, and hinted at, as in this untitled work from 2014. Metal, snake-like hooks weave in and out of each other, evoking (but not depicting) a spinal column, curves of flesh, or nerve pathways. The work is cast in Jesmonite (a composite of a gypsum-based material in an acrylic resin) from a clay or wax original, and the piece retains the soft, handmade qualities of its source. Highly evocative and intensely mysterious, the composition in David’s work leaves much for the viewer to ponder. For nearly two decades, David has exhibited his work in the US and Europe, including a number of solo museum exhibitions.