An image of Captive

Inge King

(Germany, Australia 26 Nov 1915 – 23 Apr 2016)

Captive

Location
Not on display
Further information

Originally a carver, much of Inge King’s early work was made from wood, sandstone, marble and alabaster. Around 1960 she began to work in welded steel assemblage, and her abstract forms became even more experimental. Captive, in bronzed steel, features steel rods which form a cage around a central ‘figure’. King was interested in exploring the enclosed spaces within her sculpture, as well as the space in which the sculpture sits – of utmost importance in her large public works. The welded seams and surfaces were created with an arc welder for ‘decorative effect’ in an attempt to offset the austerity of large surfaces of flat steel, as well as to offset the perceived notion of steel as a cold, sharp material, a notion widely held by the public at that time.

Year
1965
Media
Sculpture
Medium
bronzed steel
Dimensions
131 x 67 x 52.5 cm
Signature & date

I K inscribed on base plate

Credit
Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
279.2015
Copyright
© Estate of Inge King