• GOLDEN GIRL
  • June 2007
  • 1.8 x 0.9 m
  • gilded bronze filled epoxy resin and glass
  • A welcoming smile for visitors to St Peter's Centre in Burnley. But also a reference to the superficial in the human condition and the relation between cosmetic effects and healthcare, in particular the notion of a golden tan signifying health but in fact being only skin deep and more often than not sprayed on. A real tan is now regarded as a dangerous acquisition yet the association with fitness remains.

    Its location in the entrance to the health centre part of the building signals a link with the leisure centre which makes up this integrated health and leisure facility. The piece is a thin skin like a mask which for me strengthens the association with Tutankhamen's death mask although it resists the idealising imperative to some extent as it is actually a portrait of a real person.