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  • Installation view of Samara Scott, Old Lake, 2016 at Entangled: Threads & Making, Turner Contemporary. Courtesy Turner Contemporary. Photo: Stephen White

    Installation view of Samara Scott, Old Lake, 2016 at Entangled: Threads & Making, Turner Contemporary. Courtesy Turner Contemporary. Photo: Stephen White

As part of Entangled: Threads & Making, Turner Contemporary’s spring exhibition, Samara Scott has created a new artwork, Old Lake, for the gallery’s lift. This is the very first time that the lift has been used as part of an exhibition and the work has been made specifically for the space. 

Using a combination of carpet, food coloring and yoghurt, Scott’s artwork will entirely cover the walls of the lift which is the size of a small room[1]. When the exhibition opens this Saturday 28 January 2017, visitors will have the opportunity to take the lift - as either their entrance or their exit from the exhibition - and be totally immersed in the colours, materials and scents inside.

Scott is inspired by traditional arts, citing JMW Turner as inspiration, she says; “by using very crude materials, it’s imitating something that’s very serious - like painting in a pritt-sticky way. The work has been specifically designed for the lift, it’s important that visitors can get in and get up close to it – it should be an overwhelming experience.” 

Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary says; “For the first time in our history, there will be an actual artwork in our lift extending the exhibition beyond the galleries and inviting our audiences to connect with art in new ways. Created by Samara Scott who installed the piece over a number of days, the work is a riot of colour and texture and we are delighted that it is part of Entangled: Threads & Making at Turner Contemporary.”

Samara Scott (b. 1985) is a British London-based artist whose work expands the language of materials in innovative, often site-specific installations and sculptures. Characterised by a rich use of colour, her work fuses the natural and artificial, antiquity alongside plasticity, the synthetic and organic, often resulting in pieces that engage with the implications of contemporary consumer society in vivid and thought-provoking contexts. Scott is particularly interested in site-specific works that can ‘nestle, snuggle and embed’ themselves into their locations. In December 2017, Scott was commissioned by Art on the Underground to make an artwork for the cover of the Night Tube’s pocket map.


[1] Internal dimensions of Turner Contemporary’s lift are H 3000mm x W4400mm x D2800mm, 36.96m³ volume

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Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Thu 26 Jan 2017