In coronavirus isolation, sculptor Brad Gunn has completed a new work. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse depicts an obese man with a hole in his stomach, swarmed by a quartet of cats.
“He represents the world at large. Having his guts ripped out.”
Hands stopped touching when COVID closed the world. But they’re the most important tools of sculptor Brad Gunn’s trade. “As an artist, my work was hit by the cancellation of important awards and physical exhibitions,” he says. “As a maker, it was the closure of the industries I work for, including events and retail.”
While Gunn’s side hustle as an art technician for Caulfield Grammar continued to give him digital tasks when the kids were sent home, commercial gigs disappeared. One of his last jobs was creating moulds for centrepiece vases set to adorn tables at the Longest Lunch, a highlight of the postponed Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.