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Alison Wilding (RA): artist talk
Fri 5 May 2017, 17:00 – 18:30 BST
For this artist’s talk, hosted by the Sculptural Processes Group (SPG), Alison Wilding RA will discuss her abstract sculptural work, which ranges across media and materials. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, London in 1973, Wilding’s work was included in a number of important group shows of the new British sculpture then beginning to emerge. Wilding is known in particular for her innovative use of contrasting materials, often pairing forms in precarious juxtapositions and balancing acts. Recent works combine string, steel and hair, mirrored glass, silicone rubber, alabaster, sand, and painted foam. Often her works sit directly on the floor, or appear propped against a wall. Smaller works appear balanced on tabletops or on the floor. Frequent lurches in scale punctuate Wilding’s work. From the small tabletop sculptures reminiscent of early dada objects to the large, multi-part environments and major outdoor installations, from things you hold to those that expand to fill your field of vision. While at college Wilding experimented with installation, and while she turned increasingly toward three-dimensions, her work has never lost sight of questions of environment and placement – whether a publicly commissioned work out doors, or a sculpture arranged on a gallery floor.