This artwork is part of Ways of Seeing, a partnership between Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and the Government Art Collection. Ways of Seeing turns the borough into a gallery with 33 internationally renowned artists displayed in 28 unexpected locations.
Inside this box are two of the oldest things to have visited Chase Lane Primary School. There is a smooth, flat, rectangular object; an Orthoceras fossil. It is more than 500 million years old. It was found in the Sahara desert in Morocco. The spiky object on top is a Baculites fossil, found in South Dakota in the USA. It is more than 80 million years old. Both fossils are the remains of a type of cephalopod, a marine creature.
The artist says, “I make things, but I also borrow things.” She recycles objects to make art. Even the box is borrowed. Goshka found it stored in the Tate Gallery archive. It was once used to display a sculpture by the British artist Barbara Hepworth.
Goshka Macuga was born in Poland. She wanted to be a dancer when she was little but became an artist instead. She studied at two important art schools in London, Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths, University of London. She still lives in London. In 2008, she was nominated for the Turner Prize, a prestigious art award.
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