Emily Young: 2019

21 November 2019 - 7 February 2020

The Face of the Earth

By Magnus Rena


Stone is an ancient medium. We were sharpening flint and hacking at boulders long before we uttered our first words. Emily Young’s sculptures are part of this genealogy of archaic stonework. Contoured with heavy brows and rigid features, her carved stone heads resemble pagan idols and Etruscan deities. But their ancient, richly coloured complexions speak of a lifecycle older than humanity. They are the product of an immense geological continuum: encounters between eternity and today, between the monumental slowness of plate tectonics and the immediacy of chisel on stone.