Cathy Wilkes, Untitled (detail), 2014, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Cathy Wilkes


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled (detail), 2014, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Making installations that combine abstract paintings and both figurative and abstract sculptures with found objects and ones she has collected over the years, Cathy Wilkes disperses all these components into absorbing and mysterious tableaux. Through these sometimes haunting assemblages, the Glasgow-based artist examines issues such as femininity, sexuality, and motherhood, while experimenting with all sorts of media and materials and carefully composing disparate elements into eerie domestic scenes.

Untitled, 2014, a new installation commissioned for “Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland”—a nationwide program of events and exhibitions charting the evolution of the country’s internationally recognized contemporary-art scene over the past two and a half decades—was composed of waiflike, armless, sculpted figures draped with a variety of fabrics, some standing

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