Created from the remains of mummified animals, which have been cast in solid Sterling silver, it is a classic Noble and Webster shadow sculpture – when illuminated it creates a silhouette portrait of the artists on the blank wall behind.
Of the work, Sue Webster says: “In the months it took Tim and I to painstakingly sculpt The Masterpiece from sterling silver casts of dead creatures we'd accumulated - some from the very streets that surround our studio in the heart of Shoreditch - an epidemic of vermin of a different kind had taken to the streets directly outside our studio. At promptly 4 o'clock on most afternoons, dealers and addicts of crack cocaine would accumulate on the corner where our studio sits, counting out their small change from a successful days begging outside the Texaco Petrol station on the High Street- just enough to buy a single hit - our concentration slightly disrupted by the chinking of change whilst we tried to lose ourselves to art.”
The mummification of animals is a hallmark of Noble and Webster’s oeuvre – a similar work, The Gamekeeper’s Gibbet (2011), was recently acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia – and self portraiture is an integral to their artistic practice.
Masterpiece London, which is open to the public and runs until July 2nd, is a celebration of the most exquisite in art, antiques and design from across the world. Hosting internationally renowned exhibitors, the fair is resolutely committed to offering the best objects available, presenting a unique opportunity to collect across multiple disciplines and mixing contemporary with antique, the traditional with the eclectic. All works are stringently vetted by a committee of experts before the fair opens giving buyers every confidence in their choice.
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