Out From the Shadows: A Conversation with Tim Noble and Sue Webster
by Rajesh Punj
Tim Noble and Sue Webster are, like their contemporaries Tracey Emin, Jake and
Dinos Chapman, and Damien Hirst, defined by their subversiveness, as artists and
individuals. The pair have collaborated since their college days in the late 1980s.
Married, and more recently separated, they have always taken an inventive
approach to art practice, borrowing as much from music, punk in particular, as
from the readymade and the recycling culture of American Pop Art and Neo-Dada.
Their "style" was originally based on sifting through London's trash, looking for materials to craft the basic
anatomy of their sculptures. Meticulously refashioned, these fragments of modern culture's discarded wrappings
and trappings became catalysts for dramatic shadow pieces and self-silhouettes, light reflecting through
them and onto the surrounding walls of darkened spaces...see the entire article in the print version of sept's Sculpture magazine.
A Lovely Pair (Standing), 2017.
Bronze, 2 elements, Sue: 288 x 164 x 61 cm., Tim:
262 x 165 x 61 cm.