Artist Biography - Alison Wilding
Alison Wilding was born in 1948 in Blackburn and studied at the Nottingham College of Art, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London.
Her sculpture is closely concerned with the physical qualities of materials. She uses traditional as well as contemporary sculptural processes, such as modelling, carving, casting and cons...tructing to explore the contrasts and relationships between materials. Her sculptures often consist of two separate elements, which suggest opposites such as positive-negative, male-female, light-dark. She uses a wide range of materials, including copper, wood, beeswax, lead, galvanised steel, transparent plastics, silk, fossils, rubber and paints; these enable her to establish unusual juxtapositions of form, colour and surface.
Wilding's early works are multi-media installations, but she is best known for her later abstract sculptures which use a wide variety of materials.
Wilding's work can be found in major collections nationally and internationally, including Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia, Musée de Beaux Arts, Calais, France, and Scottish National Gallery.
She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1992 and 1998 and also received a Henry Moore Fellowship for The British School at Rome in 1998.