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Alison Wilding

(b. 1948)


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(1948– )

British sculptor and printmaker, born in Blackburn, Lancashire. She studied at the Ravensbourne College of Art (1967–70) and the Royal College of Art (1970–73). One of the representatives of the loosely defined New British Sculpture tendency which was identified at the beginning of the 1980s, she worked in a manner rather more abstract than most of her contemporaries. She made use of sheet metal, sometimes treated with chemicals to produce lustre, sometimes burnished, and cut and pressed into shapes like wings or propellers. A striking example is Locust (1983, Tate), which consists of a copper sheet wrapped around a wooden post. This is crowned by Wilding's characteristic wings, a flight of fancy in contrast to the austere form of the bulk of the work. She has also made work on a larger scale. Assembly (1989) consists of a steel tunnel closed at one end placed beside a similar form made from slotted sheets of PVC. The sculptor has said that it is a contrast between ‘a tunnel with no light at the end’ and one of ‘Light, Liquid, and Life’.

Subjects: Art.


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