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The Shell of a Man Trying to Reach Perfection

UK-based Thai sculptor Rook Floro uses his skillful hands to reproduce the human form as shadows of himself. Previously, in his sculptural performance piece titled Shadow, Floro represented his self-professed weakness defined by his desire to be the culturally created and accepted interpretation of perfection – something that is realistically unattainable. In a similar fashion, his newer sculptural work titled Shell figuratively expresses his inner turmoil breaking through his masking persona.

Shell depicts a broken man, literally and metaphorically speaking, teetering between his yearning for change and his self-acceptance. The simultaneous pull in either direction has left this fragmenting figure as just a shell of a man. The artist says the sculpture is “a comment upon how every time a person tries to become someone they are not, they lose their true selves bit by bit leaving behind a part of them” and admits that the piece represents “a part of my true self left behind after an attempt to become perfect in my own right.”

Rook Floro on Behance


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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