Stephen Cox

Interior Space: Blood of the Gazelle


Red Egyptian Granite
220 x 400 x 200cm.

While establishing his practice, Stephen Cox was often compared to the American minimalists. Despite sharing notions of form, Cox evades the usual reading of minimalist sculpture by engaging directly with the raw material of stone and the archaic tradition of carving. Cox subverts the solidity of this hard granite surface with the iridescent polish applied to it, within this ephemeral surface floats the semblance of an organ.

Endlessly occupied by the classical world, Cox pays homage to the artefacts that inspire him through his use of material, technique, and subject matter. Cox’s Interior Spaces series serve as burial sites. Both a site of decay and preservation, the tomb bares witness to the ages, as an alliance between sculpture and architecture. The titling of Interior Spaces might conjure up something homely, yet Cox plays with the notion of the unhomely, unheimlich, or ‘uncanny’. History exists within architecture and artefacts, and straddling these two states, Interior Spaces offers a place where these ghosts might live.