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An abstract sculpture of a woman laying on the floor, with one leg raised above her.

Hilary Cartmel: ‘Sprawling Red Woman’ (1984) 6th April 2020


#Tellmethestory Arts Council Collection Sculpture

Hilary Cartmel, ‘Sprawling Red Woman’, 1984, Wood.

This artwork was chosen by women of Colchester to feature in Firstsite’s Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition, ‘Tell me the story of all these things’.

Reflecting upon the work, members of the group commented how it is:

“…sensuous and rather ancient at the same time, like something that was unearthed from a tomb and pieced back together.” 

The sculpture is part of a series Hilary made in the 1980s. At this time Hilary was living and working in Nottingham, and the wood she used was donated by Nottingham parks department following an outbreak of Dutch elm disease. Each sculpture was made in sections, making it easier to disassemble and move from place to place.

Use the arrows to navigate to an audio description of the piece, by Programme Manager, Communities, Emma Reeve.

This artwork is featured as part of the exhibition, ‘Tell be the story of all these things‘. The exhibition title is inspired by Rehana Zaman’s 2016 film Tell me the story of all these things (included in the exhibition), which revolves around a conversation between the artist and her two sisters as they prepare a meal. Find out more about the exhibition.