Christine Borland

Positive Pattern

About this artwork

This artwork was commissioned to honour the compassion of organ donors and their families. At its core is the idea of making visible an unseen absence or presence.

To create this work, the artist worked closely with the Institute of Transplantation in Newcastle and donor families; research being a central aspect of Borland’s artistic practice. The five sculptures that make up the piece represent the interior space of works by Barbara Hepworth, including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s 1943 sculpture Wave.

Each sculpture was created by laser-scanning the internal cavities of the original works by Hepworth, the resulting 3-D scans being used to carve them using a computerised production process. The arrangement of the work in the gallery including the height and position of the display cases in which the sculptures are held are designed to correspond with different organs of the human body.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Positive Pattern
  • date created:
  • materials:
    Five parts, each part: dense milling foam, Perspex, MDF, paint
  • measurements:
    Display dimensions variable
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  • credit line:
    Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 2017. Commissioned by the Institute of Transplantation, Newcastle.
  • accession number:
    GMA 5593
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Christine Borland

Christine Borland