Alison Wilding

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Judith Fetterley has argued that we learn “to read like men.” This tendency is challenged by Alison Wilding, an English sculptor, who is able to shift her morphological vocabulary from the realm of the male gaze to the feminine. Using a wide range of materials (steel, brass, copper, bronze, rubber, wood, and stone), as well as various techniques (cutting, casting, carving, and chiseling), she makes work that embodies a rich re-visioning of the sculptural presentation of women.

Nature: Blue and Gold, 1984, subtly derails the viewer’s deeply implanted patterns of association. Through her combination of complementary materials and processes—ashwood and brass, carving and cutting—Wilding reveals layers of metaphors from within, rather than imposing established metaphorical constructs from without. The ash has been hewn into an ovoid, then rubbed with dark blue pigment and sealed with linseed

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