Alison Wilding, Setting the sea on fire ... Red Skies (1992). Exhibition view: De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England (23 June–16 September 2018). Courtesy the artist and Karsten Schubert. Photo: Rob Harris.
Wilding is an alchemist whose art is full of romance and mystery and sudden transformations. She is also, her mini-retrospective at the De La Warr Pavilion makes plain, an artist of nature. Her abstract forms may not at first glance appear to have any connection with the natural world. A black fibreglass balloon nestling inside a ring of galvanised steel? Then you see the title: Cuckoo I. The menace begins to make sense. This bulging black cuckoo’s egg promises death. It contains a murderous embryo. Jagged, tooth-like cuts in the metal 'nest' add to the sense of impending violence.