Continuing in the themes first proposed in his graduate exhibition Portable Heritage (2018), Pierre le Riche’s trophy works consider the nuances of masculinity denied by the Afrikaans culture in which he was raised. Such considerations necessarily touch on the attendant bounding boxes of sexuality and race. “My Afrikaner heritage,” he writes, “which is strongly influenced by the Calvinist faith and for that reason has outdated views on issues such as masculinity and homosexuality, dictated how I saw myself and related to the world: my sexuality deviated from preconceived ideals of Afrikaner masculinity. I was, admittedly, distracted from and, to a certain extent, naïve about my whiteness.” Here, his reflections and anxieties find a fragile form. Shape in clay, his maquettes are at once heavy and breakable. In image, they evoke rugby cups and athletic awards. In stature, they gesture to unrealised sculptures, being only maquettes – objects denied the finality of realised work.
is made in stoneware and displayed on a wooden packing crate marked with the words ‘fragility inside’.
10 x 10 x 20cm | stoneware in wooden crate | uniquePierre le Riche (b. 1986) is an artist living and working in Cape Town. He primarily works in sculpture and installation, and while he does not favour any one medium, he is perhaps best known for his yarnbombing and needlework.