A review of Ron Mueck at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:
This line-blurring that Mueck handles so well correlates to the way he recognizes that the real and surreal are not necessarily separate. Human beings toy with reality fairly consistently and with an array of different tools at our disposal. Where we speak hyperbolically of moments, Mueck applies a literal representation. In A Girl, the artist has sculpted a newborn girl. The level of detail, as you might have guessed, is incredible; nothing is left to the imagination, other than the child’s backstory. The newborn lies prone on her side, eyes cracked open only slightly. This is her first moment of consciousness, a wondrous moment for any sentient being, but one that is often forgotten. Recognizing the immensity of this moment, Mueck applies his visual hyperbole by making the child herself equally immense.