British contemporary artist, Stephanie Quayle was commissioned by Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garcons to create an elephant to live inside the window of their boutiques Dover Street Market in London and Tokyo.
Known for her unfired clay artworks, the British artist describes herself as “a sculptor who works in clay, rather than a ceramicist.” She adds “I would like to leave all my work unfired, but would get too many customer complaints, as the pieces would start to crack within a few days”.
This time the large-scale elephant was made not from clay but from white jesmonite and wears the iconic polka dots of the Japanese fashion brand.
Occupying the entire art space, this animal seems to have a personality. Quayle’s work examines the way we attribute human qualities to animals, but aims to bring out their inherent animal-ness, reminding us that they are altogether different.