Hand to Mouth
© Alison Wilding

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Hand to Mouth 1986
This is one of a number of works by Wilding that feature two connected yet dissimilar parts. The carved form is rounded, warm and sensual, like an animal or a snail, and contains a small pool of beeswax. This contrasts with the cold, smooth constructed steel structure, which is obviously man-made, with the bolts clearly visible. The relationship between the two elements is uncertain; the steel structure suggests a human figure and it seems that the smaller form is obstructing the path of the larger one. There may also be a suggestion of a relationship , such as exists between mother and child.


  • Acc. No. GMA 3661
  • Medium Leaded steel, brass; wood, lead, beeswax
  • Size 200.00 x 54.00 x 55.00 cm; 29.00 x 47.50 x 32.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by the Contemporary Art Society (Henry Moore Foundation Grant) 1992