Amelia Newton Whitelaw
British, born 1984

Amelia Newton Whitelaw’s performative and sculptural artistic practice builds on the tradition of questioning the nature of sculpture and objects, incorporating unusual, textually rich materials. Newton Whitelaw gained attention with There are no happy accidents (2012), an installation she contributed to a notable exhibition that sought to further the conversation on the legacy of Arte Povera and Postminimalism begun by artists such as Jannis Kounellis and Richard Serra. Comprising a large cotton net filled with raw salt dough, the work hangs from the ceiling with a rope pinned to the ground by a large upright stone slab supported by a thin stick. “Like the theoretical bumblebee that shouldn't be able to fly, [the] piece shouldn't stand; it functions an enigma, a visual conundrum that remains tantalizingly unsolved,” noted critic Coline Milliard.

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