Christine BorlandPhantom Twins 1997

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Christine Borland (born 1965)
Phantom Twins
Date 1997
MediumLeather, sawdust and PVC
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1999
Not on display


Christine Borland has been exploring themes of creation and destruction through institutional (scientific/forensic/police) analysis and reconstitution since the early 1990s. Beginning with specific behavioural experiments in which objects were destroyed (by having bullets shot at them) to create hypothetical forensic material, she made a series of works in which she gathered together fragments and documentation in order to suggest the process of piecing together a jigsaw of significant evidence. The investigation into the possibilities of interpretation resulting from such a process culminated in From Life 1994 (Arts Council Collection), which was based on a skeleton acquired by the artist through a medical mail order service. With the help of several academic institutions Borland was able to discover basic biographical information about the person (female) originally incorporating the skeleton, and to have her face reconstructed in clay… (read more)

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