Exhibition preview: Life Forming, Pangolin London, London, until June 15 2013
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA. In commemoration, Briony Marshall – an Oxford Biochemistry graduate and sculptor – has made a new, two-metre high work, DNA: Helix of Life, in a symbol of modern science constructed from more that 600 human figures, linked by their hands and feet.
© Courtesy Pangolin London. Photo: Steve Russell
If Marshall’s discipline was science, her passion is for art. But the two combine in her prevailing career: chemistry and molecular science inform her investigations of micro-worlds, expressed through figurative sculpture.
Crafted in wax before being cast in bronze, this piece is a result of Marshall’s spell as the Sculptor in Residence at Pangolin, introduced by the gallery as a means of supporting new talent via a private work space at its King’s Place studio and access to impressive casting facilities in Gloucestershire.