Everyone no 1 2008 is a larger-than-life sculpture of a woman seated on an ornate golden dais. At 180cm high, she has a significant presence, yet offers us a peaceful smile and holds out pink flowers in her four elegantly posed hands. It appears to be some kind of homage to a deity—albeit one casually attired in pink tracksuit pants.
Everyone no 1 is part of Rodney Glick’s ongoing series Everyone, comprising sculptures and digital photographs. The works are often based on portraits of friends and acquaintances captured in poses that suggest otherworldliness. The series began after Glick undertook residency at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, where he spent a significant amount of time with the collection of Indian and Indonesian sculpture.
Glick’s multi-limbed sculptures make reference to depictions of deities not to belittle those gods but to prompt contemplation of the potential in everyone for both the mundane and exceptional. In an interview with The Courier Mail last year, Glick said he wanted viewers to feel that the sculptures could be any one of us: ‘We could all be gods, we are all capable of violence or being lovely’. Everyone no 1 is accompanied by the taxidermied-cat floor rug I love animals and most of nature—feral cat 2008, which is Glick’s quirky Australian adaptation of the animal attendants that are often depicted with deities.
Born in Perth in 1961, Glick is one of Western Australia’s highly regarded contemporary artists. He is known for his distinctive humour and engaging works in a wide range of media, including installation, sculpture, painting, architecture and guerrilla-style conceptual projects in which he creates fictional identities, art theories, publications and exhibitions.
Everyone no 1 was first exhibited in Glick’s 2008 survey at Laurence Wilson Art Gallery in Perth, and other recent works from the Everyone series were included in the 2010 Sydney Biennale.
Assistant Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture
in artonview, issue 66, winter 2011