Pop-up Tate- Barbara Hepworth


“Pelagos”(literally translating to ‘sea’ in Greek) is the result of the profound connection between the specific environment  of St Ives, Cornwall, England and the artist Barbara Epworth.  Pelagos is  also an abstract representation of the experience the artist felt while contemplating the sea and thus, becomes a dialogue between the artist and the surrounding environment.

“PELAGOS” by Dame Barbara Epworth, 1946. 

Tate Britain (“1940” room). personal picture


The use of a shell as inspiration for the “Pelagos” sculpture illustrates the wish from Barbara Epworth to remind her the specific scenery observed in  St Ives. But above all, the curvy shape of “Pelagos”  illustrates the relation between form and space and the dynamic movement resulting from this relation. The idea of using the shell as a reference to create an abstract representation of  a specific Landscape from St Ives conveys a will from Barbara Epworth to reconnect herself with this specific scenery from St Ives.

Thus, “Pelagos”  becomes more than experimentation between shapes and materials or, a representation of a  “perfect relationship between the mind and the colour” (Barbara Epworth) , it is an opportunity to everybody standing in front of it to experiment and feel the mouvement and the tension that the artist felt while observing the St Ives landscape.

To accentuate this idea of tension between her and the sea, Barbara Epworth added  taut strings, symbole of her relationship with St Ives landscape.


Analysis of “PELAGOS”, Personal drawing 25-04-2018

That is why I have chosen Barbara Hepworth’ s “Pelagos “, because the sculpture  depicts this particular relationship between the artist and the landscape, ” Something” as she said: “I cannot feel in a city”. The use of organic shapes as inspiration to depict, the connection with our natural  environment will be useful for my Brighton project to reconnect people with the sea side.