Rebecca Warren was born in 1965 in London, where she lives and works today. Her investigation of what constitutes sculpture – the process by which the material is shaped, the irrevocable reference to tradition, the chaos of production and ambiguous interpretations – has always favoured the tactile approach to production through which sculpture is learned, above all through the mediation of touch. Rejecting the concept of sculpture as an image that seeks to enter into a pleasing collusion with its surroundings and the viewer, Rebecca Warren works in such a way that her surfaces are never wholly alluring. Equally, a number of her sculptures with a misleadingly crude appearance are created from unfired clay (e.g. Helmut Crumb, 1998; Private Schmidt, 2004). In recent years Rebecca Warren has relinquished clay in favour of bronze.
Previous exhibitions (a selection):
Tout ce que le ciel permet, Le Consortium Museum, Dijon (France)
Rubens and His Legacy, Royal Academy of Arts, London (United Kingdom)
The Human Factor: Uses of the Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London (United Kingdom)
Riotous Baroque. From Cattelan to Zurbarán – Tributes to Precarious Vitality, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Spain)