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Green rise



Alison Wilding


07 Jul 1948 -


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.




Media category


Materials used

slate, copper


58.5 x 10.0 x 28.0 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of the Contemporary Art Society, London 1985


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Alison Wilding

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. 135

Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, AGNSW 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