Joanna Sands, winner of the Historic category of Sculpture Shock 2014, is hard at work in the Sculpture Shock studio preparing for her site specific spatial intervention in London’s most extensive 19th century almshouse complex – The Asylum in Peckham. Originally known as the Licensed Victuallers’ Benevolent Institution Asylum, this Grade II* listed site was formerly a sanctury for “decayed” members of the trade and retired pub landlords.
Save the date for the private view: Wednesday 10 December 2014!
Sited in the chapel at the heart of the six acre complex, Sands’ installation, made entirely of delicately manipulated strips of ply wood, will fuse a geometric aesthetic inspired by the Minimalists of the 1960s with the indepth knowledge and the painstaking precision of a true maker. Sands started making large sculptural installations in abandoned buildings and squats in 1993, often using found materials, altering and referring to the spaces they inhabited. Making visually simple changes Sands’ work subtly subverts the viewer's spatial expectations. Each piece of work becomes an intervention into the space it inhabits and refers to the spatial qualities and architectural characteristics of the surrounding environment.