In addition to The Mug, Sarah Lucas and Olivier Garbay have collaborated to create a freestanding life-size sculpture moulded from the plaster cast of their entwined hands and forearms. Whether battling or embracing, their arms are a metaphor for the unification and struggle often experienced in love, and physically manifest some of the ideas recorded in their book.
A cool and elegant work, the resin sculpture stands upright on its elbows, but can be turned to sit on alternative edges. Its surface has a slightly grainy texture, true to the suggestion of human skin and wrinkles. The resin is tinted evenly with Pantone-matched colour, but where the thickness of the sculpture varies, so too does the light passing through it, giving the colours a variation in intensity. The broader forearms carry a denser colour than the fingertips, which have a delicate luminosity.
The sculpture is available in one of ten colours, each of which is an edition of 15.
Sarah Lucas was born in Holloway, London, in 1962 and studied at Goldsmith's College. One of the leading figures in the generation of Young British Artists who emerged during the 1990s, she has gained an international reputation for provocative works that frequently employ coarse visual puns and a defiant, bawdy humour. Her works span the media of photography, collage and found objects. She lives in Suffolk and works in London and is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London, Gladstone Gallery, New York, and CFA Berlin.