Shelagh Cluett

Flux III

1979

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Steel, bitumen, latex, clay and cotton string
Dimensions
Object: 2430 x 950 x 560 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Shelagh Cluett Trust 2011
Reference
T13600

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Flux III was made while Cluett was working at Wapping Studios, where she evolved a series of sculptures that had a sense of layering and stressing of materials within linear standing structures as drawings in space. Although Cluett’s linear sculptures include a sense of surprise, as if created by accident, their attachment gives finality to their composition. This sculpture is pinned and fastened to the floor and wall which stabilises the structure, but the subtle pull from both ends also creates a sense of elevation within space, and the shadows cast intensify the dramatic composition of the piece.

Gallery label, September 2016