Antony Gormley’s ‘Hold’

1 May 2020

Antony Gormley, Hold, 2020, clay. Photo: Antony Gormley

The long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and worldwide lockdown will be analysed in detail in the years to come. In the meantime however, one thing is clear: artists can well express our human emotions with the lightest of touches. British sculptor, Antony Gormley has certainly captured the essence of how many of us have felt with his new work, Hold. As Materially Speaking’s Sarah Monk says, ‘Antony’s Hold figure, folded into itself and burying its head in its crossed arms expresses precisely some of my feelings in recent days’. Or as Antony himself says, ‘a whole body, a bit like a clenched fist, internal and attending to within.’

Antony Gormley, Slip. Photo: Antony Gormley

Antony also repaired an older work of his called Slip because he felt ‘we’ve slipped up … we’ve lost a period of time.’

This derives from Coronavirus: how artists are depicting the lockdown by Ella Wills, BBC News, and is posted with thanks.

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