The artist who installed the ‘transformative’ Fourth Plinth sculpture in London’s Trafalgar Square has been shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize.
Heather Phillipson’s The End features a swirl of whipped cream topped with a cherry, bumblebee and fly.
The British artist, 43, was also nominated for her immersive solo exhibition at Tate Britain titled Rupture No 1: Blowtorching The Bitten Peach, which the jury described as “overwhelming” post-lockdown.
The shortlist of four includes Sin Wai Kin, 31, nominated for his ability to bring fantasy to life through storytelling, drawing on his own experience of existing between binary categories.
In their film, A Dream Of Wholeness In Parts, in which traditional Chinese philosophy and drama intersects with contemporary drag, Sin plays the three hybrid characters of Sin.
Also in the running is Ingrid Pollard, whose nominated exhibition Carbon Slowly Turning questions our relationship with the natural world.
The 69-year-old has been praised for uncovering stories and histories hidden in plain sight in her work over the decades, particularly focusing on race and the concept of the other.
The final shortlisted artist is Veronica Ryan, praised for her new body of work Along A Spectrum which explores personal perception, history and narratives, and the psychological impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fruits, seeds, plants and vegetables are recurring sculptural objects in his installations, representing displacement, fragmentation and alienation.
Ryan, 66, was also praised for her Hackney Windrush Art Commission in London, with the jury struck by the sensuality and tactility of her sculptures.
Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain and Co-Chair of the Turner Prize Jury, said: “Art has provided much-needed fun and escape over the past year, but it has also helped reconnect us with one another. others and with the world around us, as evidenced by the practices of the four shortlisted artists.
Helen Legg, director of Tate Liverpool and co-chair of the Turner Prize jury, said: “The jury traveled across the country, taking advantage of the easing of the lockdown to enjoy the explosion of creativity that has emerged from the pandemic.
“The result is a diverse group of artists, each with a singular vision, who impressed the judges with the intensity of their presentations, while addressing important issues facing our society today.”
This year marks the return of the Turner Prize to Liverpool for the first time in 15 years.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in December and an exhibition of all the shortlisted artists’ works will be held at Tate Liverpool from October 20, 2022 to March 19, 2023.
The Turner Prize is one of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts.
Established in 1984, the prize is named after radical British painter JMW Turner and the winner receives £25,000, including £10,000 for each of the other finalists.