Sculpture, 1983
Polychrome Wood

The second of Pacheco’s Some Exercise of Power triptych, Acrobats, was completed in 1983. Her earlier sculptures had more or less descriptive titles but her interest in the possibility of verbal language to come at a slant to the visual image led her to experiment. The two figures are clearly in the sort of positions acrobats get themselves into and they are wearing striped trunks from the world of showbiz but the rope, for one thing, and the scaffold, for another, don’t fit that kind of picture and the expressions of the performers leave room for more traumatic interpretations.

Robert Bush