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Biography for Antony Gormley

Gormley’s career began with a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1981. Almost all of his work takes the human body as its subject, with his own body used in many works as the basis for metal casts.

Gormley describes his work as “an attempt to materialise the place at the other side of appearance where we all live.”[3] Many of his works are based on molds taken from his own body, or “the closest experience of matter that I will ever have and the only part of the material world that I live inside.”[3] His work attempts to treat the body not as an object but a place and in making works that enclose the space of a particular body to identify a condition common to all human beings. The work is not symbolic but indexical