A Tapestry of Invisible Strings

Earlier this year visited Barbara Hepworth’s Pelagos 1946 at Tate Britain. Carved from elm and resting on square base of oak, the sculpture is similar in size to basketball. 

In contrast to its exterior, which ipolished to nutbrown sheen, the inner plane is painted pale matt blue redolent of calm seas and cloudless skies. Lengths of string connect its inner and outer edges. Woven through holes in the work’s swooping wavelike arms, they create focal point of fraught connection in an otherwise continuous and indivisible form. 

This is an excerpt of an article written for Tate Etc.

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