Twice nominated for the Turner Prize, Royal Academician sculptor Alison Wilding is known for her abstract works which merge common ‘stuff’ in unexpected ways. Her sculptures range in scale from hand-held to monumental.
Twice nominated for the Turner Prize, Royal Academician sculptor Alison Wilding is known for her abstract works which merge common ‘stuff’ in unexpected ways. Her sculptures range in scale from hand-held to monumental. In Wilding’s words:
‘I think a lot of work these days has this huge backstory where you need to read the text and then look at the work and then put the two together. And I don’t think you need to do that with what I do. I think what you see is absolutely what you get. And also, maybe what you don’t see.’
A key thread within Wilding’s practice is the juxtaposing of natural and man-made materials such as marble, concrete, string, wax, hair and glass. In this wall-based sculpture, the artist has combined fumed oak and brass to create an elegant, carefully balanced work that is subtly witty and thought-provoking.
Wilding’s work has been the subject of several major solo exhibitions at galleries including the Serpentine Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate, Liverpool. She has shown extensively throughout the UK and abroad and has work in several major public collections. Still Water, a memorial to UK citizens affected by terrorism overseas was unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in May 2018.
Notable awards include a Henry Moore Fellowship at the British School at Rome (1988); the Joanna Drew Travel Bursary (2007); The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (2008) and the Bryan Robertson Award (2012). Wilding was elected aRoyal Academician in 1999. She was made Eranda Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy Schools in 2018 and made an OBE in 2019. She lives and works in London.