(born 1961 Melbourne, Australia; died 2007 Sydney, Australia)
Stephen Birch worked primarily with sculpture and installation, combining references from pop culture and mass media, as well as from art and literature. Initially drawing inspiration from the natural world and everyday forms, in the 2000s, he became fascinated with the figurative tradition, making works that attempted to unsettle a sense of the familiar. Ranging from heads he had cast from his artist colleagues to fictional characters, Birch played with materials, context and scale, distorting his subjects beyond the realm of portraiture in order to tap into repressed fears, desires and anxieties.
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