Croccini is a cast bronze sculpture based on one of Rebecca Warren's most recognisable unfired clay sculptures - Croccioni (2000). Taking Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913) and refiguring it through the cartoonish lens of Robert Crumb, Warren transforms Boccioni’s futurist hyper-masculine figure into a pair of striding female legs with chunky platform heels, voluptuous calves and robust thighs - an exaggeration of feminine sexuality both outlandish and powerful.
Croccini was created exclusively for Counter Editions to coincide with Warren's participation in 'The Human Factor' at the Hayward Gallery, a group show of 25 leading international artists who each focus on the figure as a means for exploring far-ranging concerns.
Rebecca Warren's sculptures develop long-standing lines of sculptural enquiry into the history of art. It's an enquiry that can be traced back to its prehistoric magical inception, through ideals of representation of the human, to modern and postmodern reduction. In this process, inevitably, it takes in the work of canonical male artists such as Boccioni, Degas, Renoir, De Kooning, as well as cartoonist Robert Crumb. Warren's position regarding her antecedents is very much a fluid one, moving from homage to caricature, from celebration to willful dissolution.