Jane Simpson

Laurent Delaye Gallery

After studying many different kinds of ruins, the architectural writer Robert Harbison, concluded that we need a “careful series of the degrees of ruin like a paint chart or colour wheel.” For the contemporary connoisseur of ruins, Jane Simpson’s furniture sculpture is as good a place to start as any.

Simpson, a thirty-one-year-old Londoner, is best known for installations of domestic objects that appear to have been overrun by glaciers. Ice Table, 1996, a typical example, is a rudimentary, wooden, metal-topped table with tins, glasses, and cutlery laid on it-but the tabletop is wired to a refrigeration unit, and the objects have been frozen into place. It is like a set from from one of those arctic circle adventure movies—the scene in which the hero discovers the tent of the missing explorers, with their last meal perfectly preserved. Assorted Jugs, 1996, a selection of vessels on a frozen

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