Reasons To Be Cheerful

Nic Joly
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A humorous 3D sculpture by celebrated artist Nic Joly.

Placed in their own little universes, Nic's tiny characters offer viewers an intimacy akin to peering through the windows into a stranger’s life. But within that glimpse, we can recognise ourselves.

This piece uses hand-cut and painted letters, real Viagra, hand-painted and finished money, and a large pile of carved and sculpted ‘cocaine’. The cocaine takes days to complete and uses seven different types of dust, from stone to powdered glass.

Nic adds: “When Ian Drury – a singer and songwriter – first coined the phrase 'Sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll'  in 1977, he had no idea what it would become. It is a phrase that suggests hedonism and living to the max, and this is how many people see it. But it is also about never compromising on life. Live your own way, live on the edge and take more from life than a simple 9-to-5 existence. This is one of my favourite editions to date.”

Framed size: 25.1in x 32.7in 63.8cm x 83.1cm
Edition size: 50
Subject: Humour

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