Priapus, 2013


Cast plaster

11.02 x 3.15 x 2.76 in

28.0 x 8.0 x 7.0 cm

Edition of 25

Includes a signed and numbered Certificate.


    About The Work

    Priapus is a new edition based on a cast plaster work made by Sarah Lucas as part of her Penetralia series, a group of totemic objects inspired by her move to the Suffolk countryside and combining casts of a penis with fragments of found flint and wood. The object—a phallus combined with a rough-hewn sword handle—was scaled-up to create a giant concrete sculpture. Resembling a pagan fertility emblem or archaeological find, this "life size" version combines echoes of ancient amulets with the purist aesthetics of abstract Modernist sculpture—its sinuous forms and white material call to mind carvings by artists such as Moore and Hepworth. In its conflation of penis and sword, the sculpture blurs metaphor and literalism in a way that echoes many of Lucas’s earlier works (swords are often perceived as phallic symbols), for instance Two Fried Eggs and a Kebab in which a slang metaphor for the female body is made literal.

    Courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery.

    About Sarah Lucas

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