Sleeping Boy I

Bronze, 37" x 9' 9" x 48 1/2" (94 x 297.2 x 123.2 cm)
Private collection, London

Sleeping Boy I highlights an aspect of Houseago's studio practice he refers to as “working flat.” By placing boards horizontally on the floor, Houseago creates a surface upon which to build each element of his sculpture before combining them to create a final composition, which may or may not be horizontally-oriented. He has said that working in this manner enables “the sculptures to present themselves not as figures to me, but as landscapes.” Thinking about even his figurative works in this way allows the freedom for unexpected shifts to take place in the act of making.