Biography of Rebecca Warren
Turner Prize nominee Rebecca Warren (b. 1965) creates satirical sculptures that are as much about thought as they are about process. Humourosly distorted references to historical masters such as Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning and Franz West pay homage to the history of art she partakes in, and at the same time raise questions of authorship, individuality and gender.
Warren molds, squeezes and teases clay into suggestive forms that can be sexual, delicate, ambiguous or absurd. The signature fleshy appearance of her works is both revelatory and contradictory—a corporeal sensuality clashing with a formal conceptual exploration of matter.
Many of Warren’s clay creations are cast in bronze and produced as multiples. By transforming her sculpted creations into editions, she amplifies her explorations of ownership and individuality.
Rebecca Warren, Professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, has had notable solo exhibitions at the Kunstverein Munich and the Serpentine Gallery in London. She participated in the 54th Venice Biennale, as well as shows at the Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Britain and Barbcican in London, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and the New Museum in New York, and was awarded the Vincent Award in 2008.