Title: Love in a Time of Corona
Artist: Penny Byrne
Medium: cast bronze, patina
Edition: 1/2 AP
Price: $ 55,000
Presentation: Free standing indoor/outdoor sculpture.
Notes: Featured in Sydney Contemporary presents 2020 …
Love in a Time of Corona is a 110cm tall cast bronze sculpture by artist Penny Byrne and originally titled, Love is a Battlefield. Two days before Premier Daniel Andrews declared a state of emergency in Victoria in March 2020, Byrne retitled one of two artist proofs of this work to reflect the current social situation surrounding the Corona Virus, a pandemic which has caused unprecedented world-wide social and economic disruption.
On March 14, Byrne posted on Instagram: “I’m renaming this work “Love in a Time of Corona” with polished golden raw bronze gas masks and a lush satin black patina, this work speaks to our times.” Byrne has since commented, “People’s response to this post was immediate and heartfelt. It was right at the start of the lockdown and I was feeling very worried and unsure of the future. All my art and conservation income streams had either been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. All that remained was my RMIT University Masters by Research, so I set about looking into pandemic related art and came across the novel by Gabrìel Garcia Màrquez Love in the Time of Cholera. The new title for my a/p bronze references this novel.
The edition which has been retitled is the artist’s proof 1/2 and is a unique work. There are three other editions, plus one artist proof titled “Love is a Battlefield” and these will remain titled as such.