Christina Mackie

The Dies

2008

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Plywood, steel, gesso, plaster, watercolour, plastic and rubber
Dimensions
Overall display dimensions variable
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased using funds provided by the 2013 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2014
Reference
T13984

Display caption

In The Dies the rusty corroding steel on the surface of the panels traces subtle linear compositions, shapes and symbols. A fleeting narrative unfolds throughout the work representing industrial landscapes, transience and change through found objects. Mackie described the panels that make up the work as ‘circuit boards’ depicting images of things that are ‘at the same time recognizable but
distant’, introducing a series of signs that function ‘as a key to the map, or an alphabet to read images or associations.’

Gallery label, September 2016