Hopper

2020

Bax, Olivia
Olivia Bax uses steel, chicken wire, newspaper and household paint to create colourful large-scale forms. Interested in the process and physicality of construction, she begins with a linear ‘drawing in space’ made from steel, and then builds up textures to reveal the work’s sculptural narrative. Hopper, 2020 was included in the exhibition Off Grid, which was organised after the artist won the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award in 2019. The title of the exhibition imagines being free from interruptions and beyond the reach of electronic signals. The work began with a photograph of a broken leg encased in a metal armature, which occupies the artist’s studio wall. The sculpture transforms this image of injury and confinement to one of movement and celebration. Lifted up on wheels, its colours are patched together from other works in the Off Grid series, as if it had taken remnants from each as it whirled past.
  • Artwork Details: 112 x 96 x 96cm
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  • Material description: Steel, chicken wire, newspaper, UV resistant PVA, household acrylic paint, plaster, wheels, varnish
  • Credit line: © the artist. Courtesy of the artist and Standpoint Gallery, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch.
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC14/2020

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