Pearly Queen of Finsbury, 2009
Pearl and agoya shell buttons
105cm x 117cm
Ann Carrington studied sculpture at Nottingham Art College where she received a first class degree before being awarded a place at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an M.A. in sculpture. Working on the premise that ‘objects have seven lives’, Carrington is renowned for creating works of art out of everyday materials, and has become a cult figure among recycling aficionados ever since the designer Paul Smith bought up half her MA sculpture show in 1987. Spending six months on an exchange program in Zimbabwe, she was hugely influenced by the ingenuity shown by children in the townships who would make their own toys by recycling the rubbish that lay around them.
The trip inspired her to create works that were not only playfully humourous, but questioned the ideas of disposability and man’s place in the natural world. A commission for Levis, for example, saw her create a 9ft wigwam out of scraps of denim, the iconic cowboy material, while those viewing her collection of giant crocodiles close up, would discover them to be made of discarded shoe uppers. Ann Carrington has exhibited internationally and fulfilled many private and public commissions.
Artwork kindly donated by Ann Carrington, courtesy of MDG Fine Arts, London.