Alice Channer (born 1977, Oxford, UK) is presenting a new body of figurative work created especially for The Hepworth Wakefield.
Collectively entitled Invertebrates, the works are arranged as a long, low, horizontal spine that loosely takes its form from the horizontal, curving skeletons of snakes and other reptiles. Her work also takes inspiration from invertebrate jellyfish, squid and other deep-sea boneless life forms
that have a recognizable form but are dependent on their aquatic environment to provide their body-shape and function.
Through the modification of flat surfaces by pleating, curving, stretching and contracting, Channer explores sculptural properties of volume, dimension and weight. This is further developed through the play of materials in her works whereby solids will be used in their liquid or ‘invertebrate’ state. Stainless steel, silk, aluminium, perspex, bronze, elastic, marble, polyurethane resin and hi-tech lamé, are presented as liquids that clot, thin, coagulate, melt and solidify.