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New work by Rachel Kneebone. The largest and most ambitious single installation the artist has yet produced, 399 Days consolidates and extends Kneebone's practice, developing her unique formal language and exploration of the human condition.
In this large-scale monochrome work, a series of highly detailed porcelain tiles with intensely worked figurative scenarios are constructed to form an intricate architectural sculpture.
The work follows on from Kneebone's earlier large-scale installation entitled The Descent (2009), but whereas The Descent sought to communicate fear through making its visceral equivalent in beauty, 399 Days endeavours to create a sense of 'nothingness' through an overabundance of form and an excess of detail.
Huge in scale, it makes reference to such iconic architectural monuments as the 19th-century plaster cast of Trajan's Column in the Victoria and Albert Museum and Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, but uses its own immense size to enact a dissolve of meaning and, simultaneously, its own complex form to express formlessness.