The concept for the piece stems from the reasoning that the skull is recognisable as a macabre stereotype. By removing the skull from the body and 're placing' it at a different angle, it becomes 'other worldly' and to a degree, unrecognisable as a human being. The eye comprehends the body, as a human body, but not the face (or skull) – thereby introducing a juxtaposition in what we 'see' versus what we 'know'.
The two sculptures reflect the other. There are subtle differences in their pose as and facial orientation, which explores the stereotype of 'macabre'.
This piece is based off of photogrammetry data of the underside of a hominid skull from the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England.