1971-72 Chelsea School of Art, London, MA 1968-71 Central St Martin’s School of Art, London, BA
Over the course of his five decade-¬long career, Bill Woodrow has established himself as one of the most important British sculptors of his generation. Coming to international prominence in the early 1980’s as part of the New British Sculptors movement, Woodrow is known for his early ‘cut-¬out’ sculptures and later works in bronze and steel. Both thought-¬‐provoking and humorous, his pieces bring together disparate objects and references, continually subverting expectation.
In Nest I Woodrow follows his usual practice of bringing together diverse objects in unexpected yet poetic compositions with philosophical implications. Always beautifully crafted Nest 1 is no exception. Here the artists has transformed the cube into a birdbox, the nest is made up of an ornithology book, with surrealistic eggs which appear to be sprouting tentacles. Individual dialogue and interpretation is a key part of Woodrow’s work. The tensions between found and made objects, the overt humility of the materials and the pseudo-scientific aspect of the work, encapsulates the conceptual framework of this artist, whose significance for modern sculpture cannot be exaggerated.