Nicholas Pope

Liar Liar

2008–9

Artist
Nicholas Pope born 1949
Medium
15 unglazed ceramic forms
Dimensions
Overall display dimensions variable
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2012
Reference
T13693

Not on display

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Each of the 15 upright simplified totemic forms that make up Liar Liar has been constructed from fired unglazed ceramic. The simple forms of each figure – a bulbous footing and waist, and a hooded head that creates a circle of dark shadow – lends a particular character to each totem. The work’s title is equally suggestive of a schoolyard taunt and a broader concern with questions of belief, especially when raised in relation to artifice or fraud through artistic creativity. The hooded element of each of the forms suggests that something is being hidden away.

Gallery label, September 2016

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