About the Artwork

The rough dimensions of the two stretched rocks that make up Burial are approximately the length of an average-ish elongated, horizontal human body. The hollow forms of the rocks, positioned as if in a mourning procession, are similar in form to upturned sarcophagae. The sculpture imagines these sarcophagae as exoskeletons, hollow hard shells made to hold soft bodies whilst they are changing state. The rocks were cast from lumps of concrete the artist collected from London demolition sites as evidence of the changing materiality of the city. Made from Corten steel, their forms appear strangely organic, despite having been produced by the technological and industrial processes of scanning, stretching, milling and casting.

Year: 2016

Courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie. Photo: © Nick Turpin


Sand-Cast Corten Steel


Dimensions variable (each rock 80 x 107 x 237cm)

Artist Biography

Alice Channer

Alice Channer lives and works on the edges of London, UK. Channer's forms and materials are found in the social and sensual and worlds of industrial and organic processes. Over long periods of time, she immerses herself in industrial and natural materials and production processes to find forms within them that can be shown as sculpture. Her method is both experimental and precise, collaborating with people, machines, and materials to bring multiple bodies and voices into her polyphonic works. Alice Channer has exhibited widely over the last 15 years, including institutional exhibitions at: Liverpool Biennial; Marta Herford, Germany; Oberösterreichische Landesmuseen, Austria; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, New Art Gallery Walsall, both UK (2021); Tate Britain, London, UK; Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK (2019); Museum Morsbroich, Germany; Whitechapel Gallery, UK; Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK; La Panacée MoCo, Montpellier, France (2018); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA and Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany (2017); Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2016); Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; Public Art Fund, New York; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA (2015); Fridericianum, Kassel; Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, both Germany and Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria (2014); The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire; the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy and Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2013) and South London Gallery; Tate Britain, both UK (2012) Alice Channer is represented by Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin and Düsseldorf, DE.