Tate Britain Sackler Octagon
8 December – 2 January 2006
Tate Britain has commissioned Sarah Lucas to create its Christmas tree for 2006, which is on display from 8 December 2006. Lucas has decorated a 20ft Nordman fir tree with sculptures that take the form of baby angels and fairies made from wire and stretched tights.
This chorus of winged infants including fairies, putti and cherubs have been positioned on the tree as if they have descended from above. They refer to numerous classical figures that have appeared throughout art history such as Cupid, Eros, and Venus. Lucas’ decorations are a playful comment on the erotic depictions of these mythical figures over the centuries.
Sarah Lucas was born in London, England in 1962. She studied at Goldsmiths’ College, London and emerged as a major artist in the 1990s. She is best known for her provocative sculptures and self-portraits and the way she incorporates everyday objects – cigarettes, food, furniture, tights and tabloid newspapers – into her art. Her work often challenges stereotypical representations of sexuality through visual and verbal puns.