40 Ways In

Resin, Aluminium tube
126 x 121 x 106 cm
Edition of 1

40 Ways In takes its title from an excerpt of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets: “Here and there does not matter. We must be still and still moving.” The conflict between stillness and movement is something 40 Ways In explores. Its title suggests movement and possibility, forty possibilities to be precise. However, the object itself makes it abundantly clear, that although there may be many methods of entering, there does not appear to be a simple way out. In addition, Barratt's interest in the inner workings of the human body is evident. It is no coincidence that 40 Ways In could be read to resemble something as microscopic as an amoeba, or (relatively) macroscopic, as the human heart with its arteries flowing in and out.


About The Artist

T. S. Eliot is a major influence on Oliver Barratt's work due to his ability to encapsulate and transform an ephemeral, fleeting or melancholic moment into something momentous. Such transformations take place in Barratt's work; where fragmented and incomplete narratives solidify into form, shapes drift into one another and surfaces belie meaning. Barratt writes of his sculptures:

“they are elegant and clear, tense and lithe, simple and essential, quiet and enigmatic. Forms are paired down, on the fringes of minimal, but retaining a romantic, emotional sincerity.”

Oliver Barratt

Born: 1962

Other Artworks by Oliver Barratt at CASS

Related content

Related content