Mary Martin Spiral Movement 1951

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Artist
Mary Martin 1907–1969
Title
Spiral Movement
Date 1951
Medium Painted chipboard
Dimensions Object: 457 x 457 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1963
Reference
T00586

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‘Abstract painting gave me a desire to use three-dimensional materials and this first essay was based on the same concept I had used in painting’, Martin wrote. ‘I took a simple element (in this case a parallelepiped – a solid figure whose faces are six parallelograms) and subjected it to a system of changes, not knowing what would happen to it…. I think all my work has been based on this kind of curiosity.’ The composition was determined by a complex layering of geometrical relationships, in this case based on the Golden Section.

 

May 2012

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