Man in a Cube by Paul Trefry

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Paul Trefry

Man in a Cube


60 × 60 × 60 cm | 23 1/2 × 23 1/2 × 23 1/2 in

Mixed media

  • Honorable Mention / Sculpture

This piece is a half-life scale hyper realistic sculpture. All of my pieces are traditionally sculpted by hand, not life cast from people nor digitally scanned and printed. The piece is molded, then cast in silicone, hand painted, and all the hair is inserted one hair at a time. I hand made the eyes.

In an age where everyone is labelled and boxed to fit into society’s norm, we often place an invisible barrier, a social pressure, which can hold us back. “Will they accept me?” “Am I good enough?” “Can I do it?”, are all questions we ask ourselves, as society perpetuates self-doubt. A glass cube enables us to see out freely, but physically restrains us from moving forward. While being naked we feel most vulnerable, with nothing to hide behind and the fear of being socially judged. “Man in a Cube” identifies these social pressures and restrictions and asks the question “Are we really being true ourselves?”