Matthew Darbyshire is interested in the cliché ilmages that fill our private lifes. He likes to use the everyday, to copy it and analyse the other possible meanings and interpretations that can be given to ready mades. Recently he started copying Roman and Greek sculptures. But he transforms these ancient images in strange cloons, by casting them in strange colours or unsuspected materials. We recognize them immediately, but their appearance makes us doubt about their real 'meaning'.
The series of Farnese Hercules portraits cast in pigmented jesmonite look like emoticons, an ensemble composed of copies each with a different emoticon color.