Sculptor Alison Wilding was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. She studied at Ravensbourne College of Art and, from 1970 to 1973, at the Royal College of Art in London. From 1978, her sculpture has been occupied with the physical qualities of materials. Wilding uses traditional as well as modern sculptural processes, such as modelling, carving, casting and constructing to explore the contrasts and similarities in materials. Her sculptures have similarities to the work of minimalist artists such as Donald Judd, but often refer to the human figure.