Ben Uri collection

Touch Me if You Dare

Artist information

Name Marisol Cavia (1952-)

Born Salamanca, Spain

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Marisol Cavia was born in 1952 in Salamanca, Spain and has been living and working in London since 1973. She studied Languages at the School of Commerce in Bilbao and later pursued her interest in Art studying Drawing and Sculpture at the School of Liberal Arts in Surrey. She holds a BA (Hons) in Ceramics from the University of Westminster. Marisol has taken part in numerous exhibitions, both in museums and private galleries, in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and the USA. She works in a variety of media such as installations, sculpture, photography, video and performance. Her work reflects her passion for life and explores everyday issues of love, death, friendship and deception amongst others. She likes public interaction in her work and some of her installations have involved more than a hundred participants.

Object Details

Date 2008

Object type sculpture

Medium metal and textile

Materials and techniques metal (medium)

Dimensions 13 x 32 x 12 cm

Accession number 2012-49

Display status not on display

The artist has written of this work: 'A seamstress’ nightmare where her workplace has become a semi-real dungeon – tables too small, needles too large, a place she does not recognise. Her tools have become her nightmare. Before, she had associated them with drudgery, toil and the routine of hard work. They were a nuisance, but nothing more. Now, her tools have become vicious and her nightmare real. A heart shaped pincushion stabbed mercilessly thousands of times by small, spiteful pins; velvet reams of blood gushing from the cushion in uniformed synchronicity. Her torments have become almost physical. Her nightmare is real.' This work was included in the exhibition 'Schmatte Couture' curated for Ben Uri by artist Sarah Lightman at the Rivington Gallery in London's East End in 2008.

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