This new installation features a series of sea and land creatures occupying an unspecified landscape. The sculptures are made from balata or cast in bronze. Balata is a natural rubber, manipulated into shape while submerged in water. These animals betray subtle human qualities: standing, waving, kneeling. Crabs, eels, dinosaurs and mice coexist. Francis Upritchard’s sculpture has often drawn on antiquity, as with her Barbican Centre exhibition of centaurs and humans inspired by the Parthenon Reliefs. She mixes up classical references with prehistory, myth and futurism. As such Upritchard conjures a parallel reality where these contradictions coexist. Despite classical imagery, these...