In early 2014, Mesplé set out to create a life-size skeleton made of bronze and steel. Hundreds of hours went into the creation of his latest sculpture which stands almost seven feet tall and took over a year to complete. Mesplé's work dives deep into the conundrums of human culture.
Originally, the artist thought to model the pose after 'The Thinker,' the iconic sculpture by Auguste Rodin realized in 1904. However, the posture morphed as Mesplé carefully articulated the spine to an exact stature, resulting in his own devious creature.
Inspiration from 'The Thinker' remains parallel to Mesplé's creation as it centers on the dark realities of transient human nature. Titled in Latin after the first word ever recorded to mean pathological liar, 'Pseudologia Fantastica' offers a flash of the truth and insight to a darker mind.
Driven by the awful, simple, ignorant ability to lie, the sculpture is a sly being. The black chrome finish cloaks the figure like an armored barrier to the external realm he toys with. By disclosing segments of the truth he becomes a craftsman of destruction. The evil joys of a controlling self are realized in 'Pseudologia Fantstica.' Evidenced by the smirk, the tangled idiocies place him powerfully at the center of trust and betrayal.
Rodin had wanted 'The Thinker' to represent intellect. Mesplé's sculpture depicts the shining fantasies found in the pleasurable moments of evasive thinking, a further pocket of the human mind seated dangerously close to the territory of dreams. The avoidance of facts, time, authenticity and even nature creates a pandemonium so savory to the figure it will last for eternity.
Addicted to the satisfaction, 'Pseudologia Fantastica' relishes in the chaos and all-knowing position he will always have. The methodical use of skeleton figures in Mesplé's work brings insight to the time and context of behaviors that seemingly detail personality.