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March 25, 2009
Rachel Kneebone at White Cube
by Rob Diament

Rachel Kneebone's first exhibition at White Cube is one of epic proportions.

'The Descent' is a spellbinding sculpture exploring fear in 'an attempt to access the state through making an equivalent in beauty'. Working in white porcelain, Kneebone has intricately modelled her largest work to date. Loosely echoing the tiers of Dante’s Inferno and Bataille’s vision of an organic excess, a fusion between the erotic and the sacred, Kneebone's tumbling figures cascade toward a giant orifice at the pit of 'The Descent', there to be reborn, or sucked into their final demise.
This work must be seen to be believed; it is without a doubt one of the most important and inspiring artworks of 2009.

Show runs until 28th March at White Cube Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB. Open: 10–6.