The Swarm (2011)

The Swarm, 2011
Plexiglas, chain, metal wire, thread, acrylic paint, epoxy resin, epoxy clay, acrylic gel, granular medium, synthetic hair, plaster, foam, sand, quartz, pyrite, amethyst, assorted minerals, adhesive, wire, pins, needles; 102 1/2 × 244 × 84 1/2 inches
Photo: Jessica Eckert
Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

"Because of the fact that it’s not symmetrical I feel like The Swarm has become more like a landscape and less like a body. That shape floating in space is very soft, that almost looks like a cloud somehow; but, there at the same time, aggressive. Every element in that swarm has the potential to sting you. I found that combination of the softness of that abstract cloud shape and that aggressive potential to be really nice, that balance."
—David Altmejd in Boundaries (2012)