Shadow Sculpture is the art of creating objects that are not art in themselves - but create art in the form of a shadow when a light is shined upon them. It is an intricate and beautiful art form that requires vision, skill, precision, and creativity. Londoners Tim Noble and Sue Webster take shadow sculpture to an extraordinary new level - creating amazing projected art work, but using ordinary things that would otherwise be considered waste or rubbish.
Tim Noble ( Born 1966) and Sue Webster ( Born 1967) are two British artists who work as a collaborative duo, and are associated with the post-YBA generation of artists. They first met in 1986 at Nottingham Trent University and quickly became the best of friends and started collaborating soon after. Their shadow sculptures incorporate diverse materials including household rubbish, scrap metal and taxidermy animals that are transformed into intricate shadow profiles. Their first shadow scullpture was exhibited in 1997. Since then, they have made a name for themselves as artists who are able to fuse the abstract and the representational, in much the same way that Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon, and Willem de Kooning accomplished before them. Besides their famous shadow scullptures they are also famous for their light sculptures, which are constructed out of computer sequenced light bulbs that flash and send out messages.
Here are some of their extraordinary art works:
In their words : “The art of projection is emblematic of trans-formative art. The process of transformation, from discarded waste, scrap metal or even taxidermy creatures to a recognizable image, echoes the idea of ‘perceptual psychology’ a form of evaluation used for psychological patients. Noble and Webster are familiar with this process and how people evaluate abstract forms. Throughout their careers they have played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and define them with meaning. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.”