Wells Art Contemporary
Wells Cathedral, Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE
Wells Art Contemporary presents two major international initiatives which take place in the magnificent Wells Cathedral. In addition to 91 artworks selected, a range of innovative and engaging installations designed specifically for WAC 2021 have been shortlisted by Simon Periton. All selected works and installations are showing in the iconic Wells Cathedral from Saturday 28 August to Sunday 26 September 2021. The exhibition coincides with the installation of a new Antony Gormley work that will be exhibited on the West Front of the Cathedral.
Snakes and Ladders (I) is one of the installations at Wells Art Contemporary. The 7m piece is suspended in the south transept for the exhibition.
Snakes and Ladders (I) was originally created as part of a series of dysfunctional ladders and hangings for B-Wing, Shepton Mallet Prison. The piece was inspired by Piranesi’s ‘The Bridge’, referencing the human cycle of striving, greed and suffering.
The winglike skeletal structure is a precarious stairway, reminiscent of flight and extinct animals hung in museums. My use of recycled and discarded materials relates to waste, our relationship with matter and nature.