Olivia Bax: Monkey Cups
This 2018 sculpture, which shares its name with a similarly shaped carnivorous plant, is by Olivia Bax, the winner of the 2019 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.
Olivia Bax is a London-based sculptor. Much of her work relates to functional objects in our environment. She adapts her sketches into skeletal steel frames and then applies a hand-generated paper pulp made from recycled paper and discarded household paint. This allows her to model the work directly with colour.
Bax has frequently explored themes of containment. She has referenced, for example, pockets, vessels and balconies, which all suggest ways of holding and supporting while challenging the juxtaposition between inside and outside space.
The vessels in Monkey Cups hook onto each other; each pod needs the next for balance and support. The form allows for the sculpture to be stored like nesting dolls when not in use and to expand into its environment when installed.
Bax’s work allows us to consider what lies beneath; what it means to exist in physical space; and how it feels to experience emotion through colour.
Monkey Cups is displayed at the Southbank Centre in partnership with Standpoint and the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.
Standpoint is an artist-run gallery and studios in Hoxton, London, with a focus on supporting the work of emerging artists. With a range of public programmes, Standpoint aims to promote and explore a diverse range of conversations in the field of contemporary art practice.
The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is the most significant award for emerging UK artists working in the field of sculpture. It rewards outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material.
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