2001
Bronze
80 x 185 x 30 cm
Edition of 10

Lurking in the undergrowth, this bronze predator stalks the woodland amongst the leafy canopy and ivy-blanketed ground. Matthews has previously explored the form of the wolf using natural materials including sheep’s wool, peat, mud and cow dung in pieces such as her 1993 installation at Grizedale, North West England. As Wolf's bronze surface matures through its exposure to the elements it becomes naturalised in the Foundation’s open-air setting. Known for her insightful and developed relationship with animals, the artist states “their presence is always enlivening”. Remaining faithful to the true essence of the animal itself, Wolf's authoritative presence allows it to stand alone alongside other larger woodland sculptures. This mirrors Matthews’ later piece Sheep (2005), which stands on the opposite side of the path - also in seclusion from its own kind. These two animal figures have been removed from their natural settings and brought together. Both figures share a sense of vulnerable exposure, alone and open to the elements, united in contradiction to their traditional roles as natural enemies.

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About The Artist

Sally Matthews has used both domestic and wild animals throughout her work and has in the past depicted cows, goats, dogs chasing a peacock, bison, ponies, deerhounds, fallow deer and a flock of curlew. She treats her subjects in a very direct manner, wishing to express their innate qualities rather than their roles in myth or legend, or wanting to look at characteristics that may have parallels in human behaviour. An early manifestation of Sally Matthews's work in the public domain was her herd of wild boars at Grizedale Forest in 1986-89. These were made from natural materials found locally and had a disturbingly realistic presence. Matthew deliberately allows her works to return to the soil, which she has an ambivalent relationship towards as she both enjoys this natural degradation and is simultaneously remorseful at her works inevitable loss.

Sally Matthews

Born: 1964

Other Artworks by Sally Matthews at CASS

2001

Wolves

When invited to make a work for the Cass Sculpture Foundation, Sally Matthews wanted to do something that was subtle and…

2005

Sheep

Sheep is based on the South Wales Mountain breed and Sally Matthews recognises that, "as she was making it, it took on a…

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