British, born 1956
Also Ran, 2008
Wooden stepladder, mother of pearl, white opal, brazilian opal, fossil coral, marble, seed pearl, freshwater pearl, cultured pearl, diamond, white howlite, tree agate, 103 x 71 x 35.5
Purchase, Associate Acquisitions Committee
of American Friends of the Israel Museum
Borrowed from the world of racing, the phrase “also ran” suggests a certain failure to overcome more impressive rivals. Susan Collis’s stepladder might at first glance appear rather battered and out of place. However, a few moments of observation reveal that the paint drips and splatters are in fact inlaid with a variety of precious materials, from diamonds to pearls, opals, and other lesser-known minerals. Also Ran, like Collis’s other works, is replete with contradictions and revelations: the careless is replaced with the careful, the cheap and temporary with the highly precious, the casual with the meticulously crafted, and the ready-made with the hand-made.