Alison Wilding

On the Day

1986

Artist
Alison Wilding born 1948
Medium
Steel, copper and brass
Dimensions
Object: 450 x 875 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the friends of Nancy Balfour OBE in honour of her 80th birthday 1991
Reference
T06515

Not on display

Display caption

This is one of a number of smaller works, fixed to the wall or resting directly on the floor, that Wilding made in the mid-1980s using a range of materials such as wood, brass, lead, wax or steel. At the time, the artist was interested in testing her ideas in smaller works. On the Day, with its funnel-shaped central form, is linked to a group of similarly vessel-shaped but floor-based works. These are some of Wilding''s most obviously figurative sculptures. Their scuttle-shaped central forms have been linked to the idea of the female as generator or producer, and as protector.

Gallery label, August 2004

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