Floating Heads by artist Sophie Cave
/// Unnerving or Ennervating? Whatever you may decide, Sophie Cave’s Floating Heads is turning many of them.
Just about the first thing you noticed when you entered the Kelvingrove museum in Glasgow in 2010 were the heads. So many heads hanging above your own that they can come as something of a shock. The juxtaposition between the heads and their surroundings an (almost post) Victorian mansion adds to their overall effect. But the reactions to them are just as varied as their expressions.
Certainly the variety of reactions the faces elicit themselves are as diverse as the expressions on the faces. Unusual is certainly a word that springs to mind. Well, to be honest in this setting one would be unusual – this exhibition by Scottish artist Sophie Cave shows over fifty of the disembodied human faces and they depict a whole gamut of emotions too.
Perhaps the fascination lies in the fact that the faces look like masks worn at carnivals. Masks have a certain power – they transform those wearing them and they have universality in as much as they appear in every culture (in all sorts of shapes and sizes). What message do these faces as masks convey to you?
Whatever you may think, one thing is certain. They add a certain something to the Kelvingrove – which is Glasgow’s favourite museum as well as being the second most visited art gallery in the UK outside of London.