Attitudes Passionelles

Attitiudes Passionelles, a collection of sculptures. evolved from a fascination with the phenomenon of hysteria as it was portrayed by the forefather of modern day psychology; Jean-Martin Charcot in the late 19th century.

Charcot staged events in which the women of the French Salpetriere hospital acted out their attacks of hysteria on his command.

This resulted in a collection of weird and wonderful photographs, reaching far beyond their intention of being medical illustrations.

These polymorph and rope sculptures are an exploration of this sense of hysteria, uncontrollable fits and contortions frozen in stop motion.

The sculptures feature in State of Art; Sculpture 3D #2 by Andy Laffan, which can be viewed and purchased here.