Created by artist Joseph Marr, this series of Laura sculptures are lifelike human forms sculpted completely out of preserved sugar. Each piece features the same nude female, Laura Weyel, standing with a delicate rope that wraps around her shoulders and cascades to the floor. Glistening with light, the sugary substance, preserved in polyurethane, creates an ephemeral beauty filled with ideas of sensuality and desire.
Marr explains, “Any desire at all is the reason why our soul is trapped in the karmic lessons of our Ego. Sexual desire is the most accessible concept for people in general to understand ‘desire.' Candy is a wonderful medium to show two things…how we are trapped in the sticky situation and how attractive the tasty desire really is.”
After developing his skills with painting and video, Marr began exploring unusual mediums like food. Many of his works include liquids like cola as well as flavorings like apple, lemon, and raspberry. The series here includes four versions of Laura, each one flavored with cherry, apple, Fanta, or licorice.