Livia Marin is a London-based Chilean artist whose work has been characterised throughout by large-scale installations and the appropriation of mass-produced and mass-consumed objects. Her works are often displayed in series evoking contrasts between the handmade and the mass production of items. Livia questions the notions of originality, while highlighting the beauty and individuality of her unique pieces. In the series of collages Broken, Livia stitches gold thread over photographic still lives.
As an archaeologist is obliged to omit missing fragments of a retrieved object, in these works she uses gold thread to fill in the absent sections of ceramic objects. In Loose Ends, her new series of ceramic works, Livia embeds loose and frayed threads in modelling clay. The grid of abstract pieces either anticipate a process of creation or the beginning of des-integration. In the window a display of soft-toys are covered in successive layers of plaster and gesso and the final layer, gilded. Cuddly toys, whose limbs are many times un-sewn and d