Bill Woodrow

Composed mainly of broken down household objects, this contemporary collection exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts was very thought-provoking. I thought it was quite ingenious the way Woodrow had chosen certain household appliances from the 1970’s onward, and pretty much emptied them out. The internal mechanisms were then arranged in some sort of order, either in a neat line by size, or to create a certain shape or letters.

One of my favourite sculptures was not completed in this style however, instead it was a bronze. ‘Regardless of History’ captured my attention as not only is it interesting to look at, it also emits a clear message of nature surpassing humanity and supposedly man’s knowledge and development over time. The sculpture shows a tree with it’s roots growing over a man’s head, with a book on the side of his face.

In relation to this sculpture, I came across a theory recently that again addressed the power of nature. The suggestion was, that although humanity and civilisation has evolved and advanced, there will come a point where the environment, having been slowly destroyed in the process, will retaliate. This point isn’t being made to be dramatic and say ‘the world is going to end’, however it is simply recognising that continually, there are natural disasters that occur that we are unable to control or protect ourselves against. These disasters overtake everything man-made, and I feel it puts us back in our place. Although voicing this idea might seem like a slight tangent from the exhibition, it was simply the observation I made with this particular sculpture.

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