Earlier this summer I was shortlisted for the prestigious First@108 award. This year the award has taken a different form and I have been working hard on my response to the theme Memory as well as the challenges of working on a commission for two hospital spaces for patients with dementia.
As is usual with my practice I have taken an approach grounded in scientific research of the subject. I have found it fascinating getting up to speed with the latest neuroscience and neuroanatomy of memory. But have also been really stretching my brain trying to understand the different theories of how the science relates to our embodied experience, with theories of mental models of consciousness and bordering into philosophical realms… As well as these almost existential questions, I also been getting to grips with designing for people whose visual perceptions might be deteriorating due to dementia or Alzheimer’s and all the practicalities of public art commissions. It is quite a challenge. You can get a glimpse of my progress on my facebook page or twitter.
Attached above is the invitation to the opening on Wednesday 7th October (details in text form below). This will be a chance to both see my maquettes and read my proposal as well as the other 4 finalists responses. We will also be doing talks later in the month on the 28th October (details below). So I hope to see you at either the opening or the talks.
A selection of Briony Marshall’s work is on display in the reception area of KPMG’s Canary Wharf Offices in Canada Square. The works are displayed on three large plinths in the window can easily be seen from the pavement and closer viewings are possible by prior arrangement.
Kingsplace, 90 York Way, Kingscross, N1 9AG
An exhibition of jewellery made by a wide range of established sculptors. Illustrating the long history of this still somewhat unknown genre, Sculptors’ Jewellery includes works from well-known 20th Century artists; from Picasso and Alexander Calder to Lynn Chadwick and Geoffrey Clarke, as well as commissioning over 30 new works from leading contemporary figures such as David Bailey and Damien Hirst.
Briony Marshall was awarded Pangolin London’s prestigious sculpture residency in 2012 and her first UK solo show, Life Forming, was held at the gallery in 2013. By perfect happenstance the exhibition coincided with the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA, and Marshall’s DNA: Helix of Life is emblematic of the great achievements of modern science. Standing at over two metres tall this DNA molecule is constructed from over 600 human figures joined at the hands and feet each representing a different atom in the DNA. Made first in wax and then cast in bronze, the work demonstrates ambitious talent paired with a rather humbled view of society; that we must support each other as individuals to operate as a whole. The integrity of the structure depends on each figure playing its part and is a powerful representation of the interconnectedness of life.
DNA: Helix of Life is currently on display at Pangolin London as part of their highly acclaimed Sculpture Trail.
Briony Marshall’s landmark sculpture DNA – Helix of Life will be shown this autumn at Gloucester Cathedral as part of a major sculpture exhibition in the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral and its Close.
‘Crucible 2010’ was an enormous success, involving over 70 works by 50 artists and attracting 136,000 visitors to the cathedral in just 7 weeks. According to Gallery Pangolin who are curating the exhibtion: “‘Crucible 2’ is a wonderful opportunity to bring together another collection of outstanding Modern and contemporary works in the superb setting of the cathedral.”
Pangolin London is delighted to announce the inaugural London solo show of their 2012 Sculptor in Residence, Briony Marshall.
Oxford Biochemistry graduate turned sculptor, Marshall’s unique science-inspired works are a humbling and awe-inspiring look at the fragility, beauty and complexity of human life. The second sculptor to take up Pangolin London’s year long residency, Marshall approaches the realm of art and science in an innovative and fresh way and confirms her reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming sculptors.
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