‘Marten makes you want to look very closely at the things she makes and the traces she leaves. Her way of thinking is dangerously infectious.’ – Adrian Searle, The Guardian
Helen Marten (b. 1985, Macclesfield, UK) won both The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture and the Turner Prize in 2016. She trained at Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, and Central Saint Martins.
Often her work consists of dense accumulations of handcrafted objects made from a huge variety of materials – wood, ceramic, metal, leather, plastic and fabrics – which draw the viewer in and play with the relationship between two and three dimensions, making us question our understanding of what sculpture is or can be.
Marten is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London.
‘In a world collapsing under the pressure of billions of personal interfaces, it is exciting to celebrate our relationship to physical touch.’ – Helen Marten
Helen Marten, Untitled
£500, edition of 85 (unframed)
‘The body and its movement through the various volumes of daily space has long been a starting point for artists through history. In this lithograph, the primary lines construct a huddled group of figures, morphing through one another in a manner that could describe an embrace, but also the metaphoric dissolution of one form into many.’ Helen MartenRead More
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The Hepworth Prize For Sculpture 2016
21 Oct 2016 - 19 Feb 2017
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