Emma Witter: Remember You Must Die
18th – 22nd September 2019, Sarabande Foundation, London
Artist Emma Witter is breathing life back into bones in solo show at Sarabande Foundation
Artist Emma Witter will present a new series of work in Remember You Must Die, a solo show at the Sarabande Foundation from Wednesday 18th September to Sunday 22nd September, 2019.
Featuring sculpture and special objects, derived mostly from bone, alongside photographic prints and a site-specific installation, the works will pay gentle tribute to the symbolic and emotionally loaded material. The series focuses on the flower motif, from which Witter forms beautifully intricate studies constructed from tiny chicken feet bones. For the past three years Witter has explored the use of bone in varying forms, her meticulous process along with the stark bleached whiteness of the material results in objects that are hauntingly beautiful and surprisingly gentle.
The artist began recycling bones from her own consumption and that of friends, going on to source from chefs, butchers and by combing the shores of the River Thames. Her process is labour intensive as she then boils, cleans, bleaches, dries, and then categorises the bones forming a lengthy and ritualistic part of her practice.
Untitled (Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle Bamboo Rag), From Bloom 2:3 (Bone on wooden base), From Bloom 1:2 (Bone on wooden base)