Territorial

1986

Veronica Ryan
Veronica Ryan's sculptural practice draws on personal experiences and reflects wider implications of history, trauma and recovery. 'Territorial' spreads out across the floor like an infection, its bulbous form recalling burgeoning tree roots. A small spiky bronze form occupies the centre of the work like an anemone bobbing on a restless sea. There is an overwhelming sense of threat and engulfment. To make the main body of this work, Ryan dipped domestic blankets in plaster, building them onto an armature and leaving them to dry - softness and comfort setting hard with foreboding.
  • Artwork Details: 40 x 219.7 x 147.5cm
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  • Material description: plaster and bronze
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Experience
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: AC 5488
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