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Exfoliating curve lines (total cushioning) (2014)

Helen Marten

glazed ceramic, cast rubber, yoghurt pot, cross stitch, fabric, swim caps, fimo, copper wire, sugar shaker, sawdust, saw blade, zip pull, welded steel, sponges, red balloon, black sand, tape measure ribbon

The Whitworth, The University of Manchester Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool Manchester Art Gallery Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Exfoliating curve lines (total cushioning) (2014)

© the artist Copyright: The Artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Annik Wetter, Zurich





Ceramic, Rubber, Fabric, Plastic, Steel, Sand, Copper, Rubber, Fimo, Cotton , Acrylic


161 x 56 x 46 cm


Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, through the Cathy Wills Sculpture Fund, 2014

Ownership history:

Purchased from Sadie Coles HQ, London by the Contemporary Art Society, through the Cathy Wills Sculpture Fund, 2014; co-acquired for and presented to Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Manchester Art Gallery; Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, 2014
Helen Marten uses sculptural assemblage and video to reflect upon the relationship between two and three dimensional form. Exfoliating curve lines (total cushioning) is the first time Marten has produced ceramic work of this scale. The work hints at figuration from one level removed where crassly simplified outlines have been bulbously inflated. The ceramic work serves as a repository for an elaborate sculptural tableaux whose assembled detritus creates a string of hieroglyphs, a kind of archaeological anagram: encrypted sequences present short bursts of personality and internal logic.

The Cathy Wills Sculpture Fund was generously initiated by Contemporary Art Society trustee Cathy Wills in 2011. The fund enables five museums in the North West of England to develop their collections with contemporary sculpture through co-acquiring works.

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