The Risk of Breaking

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My sculptural installations 'risk' 2011 and 'Celebration' 2015 were developed after I broke several bones mountain biking and wasn’t able to work in my studio for a year. When I returned to making sculpture I found I could only relate to previous artwork by breaking it. I explore how and why my aesthetic preferences changed after experiencing injury, in particular the new element of risk. I reflect on contrasting experiences of mountain biking and being injured, the tension between the support and restriction of being in plaster and my alienation to my broken arm. Through this I question what motivates people to take risks, how our judgement of risk can change in different circumstances, and if the motivation for men and women taking risks is different. I reflect on the risk to the artwork and to the viewer and different forms of risk in artwork. Finally I recount how this informs the making of 'risk' 2011 and 'Celebration' 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalVIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


Stockholm University of the Arts, SKH and Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, Diku


  • Risk
  • breaking


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