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Edward Allington made these works by smearing plaster over clay shapes, then digging the clay out so that only the crude plaster moulds were left. By destroying the ‘original’ clay shapes but keeping the moulds, he questions received ideas about authenticity and imitation.

As a teenager, Allington was interested in the Greek philosopher Plato (429-347 BC). Plato claimed that all objects in the physical world are degraded copies of an authentic ideal, which humans cannot perceive. Allington later called Plato a ‘cheat’ and concluded that ‘in a false world, the only truth is in the lie’.

September 2004