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An image of Green rise by Alison Wilding

Alison Wilding

(England 07 Jul 1948 – )

Title
Green rise
Year
1983
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
slate, copper
Dimensions

58.5 x 10.0 x 28.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the Contemporary Art Society, London 1985
Accession number
177.1985
Copyright
© Alison Wilding
Location
Not on display
Further information

This work is typical of Wilding’s exploration of the nature of surface and balance, employing traditional sculptural materials such as wood and metal. Often two or more of these materials are used in one work to provide contrasts of texture, weight, light and hue. Their natural states are altered to achieve a sense of uniformity. 'Green rise' explores the concept of visual balance. Speaking on the sculpture Wilding has said: “Making it was like making sense of shadow rather than making sense of the thing casting the shadow”. Wilding regards these small wall pieces as “a quick way of getting things out” and in some respects they are like maquettes or details of larger pieces. The artist attempts to express the pleasure and the anguish associated with particular surfaces. In the savage and tender cutting, carving and smoothing of each element, she explores the potential energy and richness of materials.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1994.

Bibliography (4)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 135

Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 248 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, "Women Artists in the Contemporary Collection", Victoria Lynn, p13-15, Sydney, 1995, 15, 27.

Jeremy Lewison, The British show, 'Alison Wilding', pg.117-120, Sydney, 1985, 118, 119 (illus.), 120. Lent by The Contemporary Art Society, London

Exhibition history (3)

The British show:

Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 1986–23 Nov 1986

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995