Hanging Out Again, 2014
Wood, Pine veneer, Cherry Wood veneer, American Walnut veneer, paint
Emerging artist Cornelia Baltes has created her first public art commission for Vital Arts. Baltes has taken over an entire corridor in the Maternity Unit of The Royal London Hospital to create a charming installation of roosting birds perched on a handrail. Consistent with her practice, this work is humourous and endearing, working with an economy of means, like a cartoonist without text. Using wood and a sparse palette of pastel paint, they bring a sense of warmth and natural materials into the hospital. Drawn with simple gestures, these large birds hover between abstraction and figuration.