Preston, Liv
Liv Preston is heavily influenced by the material language and attitudes of West Yorkshire, where she grew up. With an obsessive interest in video games and the subterranean, her practice combines sculpture with conceptual gestures. She identifies and mines collections of objects, which may appear as inventories. Their forms of display, however, resist this traditional method of installing artworks, as they may be difficult or awkward to access. They often also imply mischief or danger in their presentation, deliberately undermining themselves in relation to their environments. Casual(ty?), 2021, is made from a well-used Petzl caving helmet. Although it may appear to be discarded, the work is in fact displayed on the floor to illuminate a nearby work with its torches. It references video game architecture, in which it’s common to encounter objects on the ground upon the completion of a goal or defeat of an enemy.
  • Artwork Details: 33 x 21cm
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  • Material description: Caving helmet, LED torch, diving torch, wedge
  • Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist
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  • Accession number: ACC37/2020



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