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Contact Isn't Lost
© Karla Black

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Contact Isn't Lost 2008

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This large work fills and dominates the specified space it is created in. Comprising a variety of materials typical to Black’s work, the sculpture’s fragility contrasts to its commanding nature. The subtle pink colour is created with crushed children’s chalk, which, when combined with crisp white plaster and billowing polythene sheets, creates a sense of both movement and tranquillity. With its deliberate edges the work moves away from being purely gestural to demonstrate Black’s definitive decision-making process. Black’s intentionally evocative titles, such as ‘Contact Isn’t Lost’, highlight her belief that language occupies a secondary role in comparison to the work itself and the effect it has on the viewer.

Glossary Open

Gestural Painting

Gestural painting reflects the physical movement that it took to make each mark.

Gestural Painting


  • Acc. No. GMA 5084
  • Medium Plaster powder, polythene, chalk dust, chalk
  • Size 28.00 x 724.00 x 450.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 2009