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INSPIRED: PAUL MCCARTHY
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study of McCarthy’s influences but also
four screens. Around a dining
are then played, as it were,
an exciting perspective on the postwar
table, men and women caper and
in a composition not of melody
avant-garde itself. Laura Allsop
jape in the elaborate garb of
but of human behaviour.
the Victorians. They clasp
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their feet like monkeys and
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distort their faces to make
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or love, are gradually revealed
Renaissance man, striking a
as cultural constructs.
pose over and over in a
Similarly, in a further section
lunatic dance. Straw is pulled
of the installation, a lone
from the belly of a woman in
pirouetting ice skater provides
the throes of labour, and a
a pressure point of grace and
mermaid twitches a sackcloth
beauty, albeit an equally
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tail. These are moments in

artificial one. But this is
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