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Drawing - 100 Drawings

100 Drawings

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kenny, Chris, born 1959 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mixed media construction with twigs

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Chris Kenny must be one of the few visual artists to have his work 'performed' on the radio – a reading by the poet Simon Armitage of one of his found text pieces. Already known for his poetry and artist's books, in the 1990s Kenny began to make boxed works using meticulously arranged scraps of text excavated from old books, fragments of old maps, or natural objects such as leaves and twigs.

Kenny harvests the raw material for his witty twig pieces, which he always calls 'drawings', from one particular bush on Hampstead Heath near Kenwood House. He then 'edits' them by trimming to length, and painstakingly glues each 'drawing' together before arranging them supported on stainless steel pins so that they 'float' in front of the backboard. As he explains, 'There is a resonance in found materials – materials that have a past life – whether they are text in a book, a previous narrative, or part of a living thing such as a plant or a tree. This inherited meaning sits alongside any new meaning brought about by a new context'.

Physical description

Box frame containing one hundred constructions made from found twigs, set out in ten rows of ten.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


2001 (made)


Kenny, Chris, born 1959 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mixed media construction with twigs


Height: 85 cm, Width: 85 cm, Depth: 8.3 cm

Descriptive line

100 Drawings. 2001. Mixed media construction with twigs, by Chris Kenny


Twigs; Stainless steel pins; Superglue Gel; Archival foamboard


Trimming (cutting); Glueing; Pinning

Subjects depicted

Abstract forms



Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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