London-based artist, Shani Joel, won the Saatchi Sculpture Prize aged seventeen. Her work has been featured on the Channel 4 show Four Rooms, where she was offered the princely sum of £10,000 for her sculpture, The Skull.
Buddha manifests Joel’s desire to create something majestic and ethereal by combining her design expertise and cultural encounters in a visually arresting symbiosis of natural and man-made found objects.
The composition, constructed from a plethora of incongruously-placed materials, is inspired by Giuseppe Archimboldo’s Primavera. Decadent yet elegant, Buddha gives shape to Joel’s creative sculptural desires to not ‘represent an elitist aspect, but rather effortlessly seem majestic’.