Taking the forehead as their origin, these bodily manifestations of thinking are formed through a process of making in which intuition, incoherence and non-knowledge resist the structures of authority in art production. Sitting on a dimly lit floor, the objects occupy multiple dimensions - are they slowly emerging from a swamp, crowning, like the forehead of Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now? Or are they half-excavated armor, helmets, fleshed out relics? Or organic lumps; beetles, slugs, octopuses? They illustrate an archaeological sequence that traces the evolution and material culture of an alternative, parallel humanoid from an imagined past into a possible future.
Beth Collar was selected from 207 applicants who applied for The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2017 by a panel comprising Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy, British artist Hew Locke, Mark Tanner Sculpture Award winner 2015-16 Megan Broadmeadow, and MTSA trustee Rebecca Scott.
The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional sculptor. We seek to reward outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture and are particularly interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials.