What objects serve as inspiration for some of the world’s most esteemed artists? International enterprise Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is providing insight into that question in a new video series, and it’s starting with British artist Antony Gormley. Acclaimed for sculptures and public installations that explore the relationship between space, time, and the human body, Gormley is the subject of the first episode of “Artist’s Eye,” a new weekly series debuting from Thaddaeus Ropac today.
Throughout the series, artists will introduce audiences to a treasured belonging, explaining its history and influence on the creative process. For Gormley’s episode, shot at his home, the artist walks viewers through the formation of his treasure: a smooth, calcified fossil made from ancient single-cell organisms. Turning the pale stone between his fingers, he tells viewers how the fossil is the product of millions of creatures.
How did it come into Gormley’s possession? What about its nature resonates so deeply? With the measured tone of a college lecturer, he provides the answers.
“This a sculpture made without the hand of man, made by the processes of nature, that nevertheless speaks to us about life, about our place within the sequence of time and life that we are part of,” Gormley says in the video. “I suppose I would like to make things that are as inevitable as this…. This took millions of years to make, will last for many thousands more years, and remains for me while my life exists as a continual inspiration to go on finding and seeking forms that can touch heart and mind.”
Watch the full video below.