Simple Actions: A Conversation with Phyllida Barlow
by Ina Cole
Phyllida Barlow, one of the U.K.’s most prolific sculptors, creates large-scale installations that involve a process
of crushing, wrapping, stretching, stacking, and rolling. Her practice is one of production and deconstruction, and she uses readily available materials, often discarding or recycling them for new projects. Barlow’s works exude an all-encompassing theatricality and often spill out from the architecture that contains them, thereby asserting their unmistakable presence. The sheer physicality and dominant scale results in installations that astound and excite the viewer. Over the last few years, Barlow has created some of her most awe-inspiring works, and she will represent Britain in the upcoming 2017 Venice Biennale. Ina Cole: You’re a great-great grandchild of Charles Darwin, and you inherited his complete published letters. ...see the entire article in the print version of May's Sculpture magazine.
Untitled: Gig, 2014. Fabric, paper, cord, timber, and paint, approx. 300 x 500 x 1400 cm. overall.