Plight of the hedge fund manager—in sculpture

By Lawrence Delevingne

Thu Aug 15, 2013

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U.K. artist Zoë Rubens riffs on the industry with metal and ceramic; "unpopular but still has to carry on."


   
   "Hedge Fund Manager" by Zoë Rubens
Visual representations of hedge fund managers usually fall into one of a few tired categories: photos of well-heeled fundraisers posted on society websites; news shots of PMs speaking at SALT or another industry confab; or, worst, awkward hedgehog or shrubbery-related graphics.

U.K. artist Zoë Rubens takes a far different approach to expressing the idea of hedge funds. A sculptor who is inspired by "the modern condition of humanity," she recently took on alternative investing and made a piece of art using ceramic and steel. It's called "Hedge Fund Manager."

"[It's] all a bit new to me but I wanted to try to encapsulate disparate worlds, i.e. me as a sculptor finding humanity in what's currently seen as not," Rubens told Absolute Return by email. "[The hedge fund manager is] unpopular but still has to carry on."

Rubens said she came up with the idea after reading sections of the Financial Times   that she "usually ignores" and "attempted a playful comment."

She said the face in the sculpture represents the manager. The pointed symmetrical shape behind the head is a "perfectly manicured hedge in the past" while the cactus in front is a hedge in the future. The cloud over head appears to represent looming problems.

"Hedge Fund Manager" is on sale for £325.

A recent drawing by Rubens also tackles the subject. She describes it as a "drawing about banking, hedge funds & investments, people's feelings both real, imaginary & hidden."

Rubens has taken on other financial subjects recently, producing sculptures called "Shark Trading" and "Whistle Blower," among others.