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Pregnancy and giant babies by sculptor Ron Mueck

After advertising on a pregnant belly, now take a short journey inside contemporary art. Ron Mueck is a fantastic hyperrealist sculptor. He began his career making puppets for children’s television, including a stint with Jim Henson and Sesame Street. And Mueck usually creates sculpts of pregnant women or giant babies. For a long time, I’ve been curious about why and how he makes this kind of works. So take a look at the images then I take you behind the scenes.

First, the making of the pregnant woman:

Pregnant woman is a contemporary portrayal of motherhood, making reference to universal themes such as fertility, birth, the goddess, the iconography of the Madonna and Child, and to life itself. Mueck’s ability to portray the monumentality and strength of a pregnant woman, as well as her vulnerability and emotional intensity, creates a powerful connection between the work and the viewer.

Mueck’s process and techniques are a source of fascination, particularly in relation to his meticulous observation of the skin’s surface: its pores, the follicles of hair, the softness of a mole, the hardness of a nail and the shadows of veins just beneath the skin. These are the things that draw viewers to Pregnant woman and make the sculpture seem so real.

Purchased with the assistance of Tony and Carol Berg 2003. © Ron Mueck


These days, Ron Mueck and his assistant Charlie Clarke work with Brooklyn Museum staff to install the exhibition Ron Mueck on view at the Brooklyn Museum, November 3, 2006–February 4, 2007.

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Above, my favourite images on the giant baby. You can even see the umbilical cord. But didn’t he choose photography?

Eventually Mueck concluded that photography pretty much destroys the physical “presence” of the original object, and so he turned to fine art and sculpture. In the early 1990s, still in his advertising days, Mueck was commissioned to make something highly realistic, and was wondering what material would do the trick. Latex was the usual, but he wanted something harder, more precise. Luckily, he saw a little architectural decor on the wall of a boutique and inquired as to the nice, pink stuff’s nature. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since.

The Brooklyn version of the exhibition travels to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, February–May 2007.


18 Comments Post a comment
  1. I was able to see some of his work when it was here at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. As a medical illustrator I find his technique incredible. I think that it has educational potential as well. Imagine making a huge anatomical model (think Damien Hirst) with that level of detail! Do you mind if I share this on my blog,, with other medical illustrators?

    January 26, 2007
  2. You have an incredible blog! It seems that I’m going to link to you several times in the near future, and I also add you to my blogroll. I love those pregnancy related images. Do you mind if I show some of them to my readers (naturally with links to your posts)?

    January 26, 2007
  3. Of course! You’re going to be a wonderful resource for my blog as well. I’m just starting out blogging and your blog is definitely inspiring to me. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll!

    January 26, 2007
  4. You’re welcome. :) Maybe you can be interested:

    3mensio™ Technology: Medical Visualization and Surgical Planning Software

    January 27, 2007
  5. What amazing sculptures–I can’t believe how lifelike they are!

    January 28, 2007
  6. roberta #

    grande ron mueck

    July 12, 2007
  7. Nathz #

    Magnifico !!! nice work ron mueck fanatic

    August 2, 2007
  8. Ant #

    Wondeful. I saw the sculptures the other day in the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum. I’m amazed.

    August 25, 2007
  9. Dog #

    These are so REAL! Very impressive!

    October 18, 2007
  10. Eve #

    Really Really impresssive! So life like, I hope they come by my museum soon. :0)

    November 27, 2007
  11. Wow! Wow! And another wow! I’m really amazed and in great awe. Life is already larger than art but Ron doubly emphasized such fact. I wish him all the best so he can create more of these beautiful masterpieces.

    December 6, 2007
  12. this is so cool

    December 24, 2007
  13. tina #

    i think they are ugly

    December 24, 2007
  14. tina #

    no,im just kidding.they are cool!

    December 24, 2007
  15. Dad #


    January 15, 2008
  16. shhh! #

    Omg! that is a BIG baby. i think it looks like my brother!

    March 25, 2008
  17. lil mamam #

    that baby is so cute

    April 10, 2008

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