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Anya Gallaccio: 'All the rest is silence'

24 November 2018 - 02 February 2019

Anya Gallaccio creates ephemeral site-specific installations that change over time. Using a wide range of organic materials such as cut flowers, fruit, chocolate, ice, and salt, Gallaccio’s installations evolve through a process of transformation and decay. Due to their temporary nature, many of Gallaccio’s installations only live on in the memory and through photographic records, many of which were captured by the photographer Edward Woodman.
Early in her career, Woodman created one of the most iconic portraits of Anya Gallaccio with one of best known works, ‘Red on Green’, when it was first shown at the ICA, London in 1992. This work incorporates 10,000 red roses arranged on the floor, and Woodman’s photograph are the primary reference and utilises for its subsequent recreation.
To coincide with ‘Space, Light and Time: Edward Woodman, A Retrospective’, Gallaccio has recreated her extraordinary installation ‘All the rest is silence’, that was originally created for Sadler’s Wells in London in 1999. Indigo dye slowly suffuses 7-metres of chappa silk, suspended in front of the window that overlooks Guildhall Square below. The daylight fixes the indigo dye, echoing the process of analogue photography celebrated throughout Woodman’s exhibition.
Anya Gallaccio (b. 1963, Paisley, Scotland) studied at Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College, University of London. As part of the generation of Young British Artists, Gallaccio was included in the now legendary exhibition 'Freeze', curated by Damien Hirst in 1988. Her first solo exhibition was at Karsten Schubert, London in 1991, since when she has shown extensively in Europe, the USA and Japan. In 2003, Gallaccio was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and participated in the 21st Sydney Biennale in 2018. She is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London.