Ron Mueck, “Dead Dad” (1996–97)
Mueck is known for his extraordinarily-scaled sculptures of people, evocative in their hyperrealism. (You can see more of his work in his studio.) “Dead Dad” is indeed of his father, reduced to three feet long, and stark in the nakedness of his humanity. Mueck’s work picks at the narcissism of humanity, our morbid curiosity in ourselves — what emotions are revealed when we hold a magnifying glass to our flesh.