Deon Duncan is a rising talent in figurative sculpture, but her work carries with it a gravitas and subtlety informed by two decades of exploration into the uses of art in diverse contexts and media, on two continents.
Figurative sculpture is a long tradition with particular conventions throughout history. Ms. Duncan uses the conventions of a very classical form to talk about very contemporary ideas. Her use of its imagery creates immediate access to fundamental questions of the ideal, of identity, of beauty and its conventions. The excellence of Ms. Duncan’s work is its subtlety, its deliberate departures, its layering of questions invoking myth, spirituality, and the practical.