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Lot's Wife

Embroidered Panel
2006 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Audrey Walker studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She began to make embroidered textiles ten years after leaving the Slade and in 1975 became Head of the Department of Textiles at Goldsmiths College. Walker's embroideries are figurative, stitched by hand or machine and wall hung. She is interested in exploring ideas which relate to chance encounters, momentary glances and human vulnerability.
'Lot's Wife' is based on the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). Two angels tell Lot to leave Sodom with his family before the city is destroyed by the Lord. Lot is advised to flee to the mountains and not look back at the act of destruction. Lot's wife disobeys this command and glances behind her, and she is turned into a pillar of salt.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Machine and hand embroidered silk and cotton on canvas
Brief Description
'Lot's Wife', panel of machine and hand embroidered silk and cotton on canvas by Audrey Walker, Wales, 2006.
Physical Description
Machined and hand embroidered panel depicting Lot's Wife in the process of being turned into a pillar of salt.
Dimensions
  • Length: 137cm
  • Width: 29.5cm
  • Depth: 0.4cm
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Gifted to the V&A as Joint Winner of the Sotheby's Award at COLLECT 2007
Object history
Designed and made for COLLECT 2007 and exhibited on the 62 Group of Artists' stand
Production
Reason For Production: Exhibition
Subject depicted
Summary
Audrey Walker studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She began to make embroidered textiles ten years after leaving the Slade and in 1975 became Head of the Department of Textiles at Goldsmiths College. Walker's embroideries are figurative, stitched by hand or machine and wall hung. She is interested in exploring ideas which relate to chance encounters, momentary glances and human vulnerability.

'Lot's Wife' is based on the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). Two angels tell Lot to leave Sodom with his family before the city is destroyed by the Lord. Lot is advised to flee to the mountains and not look back at the act of destruction. Lot's wife disobeys this command and glances behind her, and she is turned into a pillar of salt.
Collection
Accession Number
T.22-2007

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record createdApril 17, 2007
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