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Her Furnace, 1987

Her Furnace, 1987

Patinated copper and bronze
Private Collection
Courtesy New Art Centre

One of the most talented sculptors of her generation, Alison Wilding is not afraid of ambiguity: she often brings together opposing ideas or different materials. In the copper and bronze sculpture Her Furnace she confronts the intimacy, almost the secrecy, of the feminine body with the ruthlessness and unyielding nature of the industrial environment.

The result feels like a poignant and deeply personal exploration of what is means to grow up as a little girl in the uncompromising industrial landscape of Lancashire.

Alison Wilding

The sculpture of Alison Wilding is closely concerned with the physical qualities of materials. She uses traditional as well as contemporary sculptural processes, such as modelling, carving, casting and constructing to explore the contrasts and relationships between materials.

Alison Wilding was born in 1948 and currently lives and works in London. Having studied at Nottingham College of Art, Nottingham; Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Bromley; and the Royal College of Art, London; Wilding's first major solo exhibition was held at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in 1985. Notable awards include a Henry Moore Fellowship at the British School at Rome (1988); Joanna Drew Travel Bursary (2007); The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (2008) and Bryan Robertson Award (2012). Wilding was nominated for the Turner Prize in both 1988 and 1992. In 2013-2014, Tate Britain's Duveen galleries hosted a display of her works.