Bill Woodrow

Saatchi Collection Imperial War Museum

At the Saatchi Collection Bill Woodrow exhibited 12 works that were made by excising sculptural images from found matrices of scrap steel. Connected by umbilical cords of metal, the sculptural forms generally contradict the nature of the found car hoods and doors from which they are derived. The original form appears to have been captured at the moment of its transformation into another counterform. Often the new forms seem natural and implicitly criticize the encroachment of culture (especially automobiles) into the domain of nature. In the earliest work, Red Squirrel, 1981, the animal appears to be on the verge of leaping to freedom from a clothes dryer which shows the outline of the splayed squirrel’s body. In Kimono, 1983, each of three car hoods has given birth to an object representing a different sphere of reality: a flower (nature), a calculator (culture), and a samurai sword (

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