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14th September 2016

Helen Marten (2005, Fine Art) nominated for the Turner Prize

Exeter alumna Helen Marten (2005, Fine Art) has been nominated for the 2016 Turner Prize. She has been nominated for projects including her presentation at the 56th Venice Biennale and the solo exhibition Eucalyptus, Let Us In at Greene Naftali, New York.

Miss Marten uses sculpture, screen printing and writing to produce works that are full of models and motifs taken from contemporary visual culture. Through placement of her collage-like accumulation of these familiar reference points alongside immaculately crafted handmade objects, Marten creates poetic, pictorial puzzles that draw on the gestures and imagery of our everyday lives. These seem to generate entirely new meanings for what we think we understand about the world around us.

The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for ‘an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding’.

Miss Marten is one of four people nominated for the prize. The prize carries an award of £25,000 for the winner and £5,000 for each of the other shortlisted artists. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in December.

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