Woodrow worked in such a way as to leave evident the original identities of the constituent items as well as the mode of transformation. His work is distinguished by its reliance on discarded consumer durables redolent of contemporary urban experience and by a witty and skilful manipulation of this raw material into a kind of three-dimensional drawing. These juxtapositions of images and objects from ordinary life do not constitute didactic statements, but have an elliptical, poetic content.
Turner Prize 1986 shortlist: Bill Woodrow
In 1980 Bill Woodrow first devised his characteristic method of making sculpture, forming a new object or objects from the skin of a found domestic appliance as in Twin-tub with Guitar.