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Folded figures fill the Wellcome Trust’s windows in new commission

A newly commissioned installation by Phoebe Argent brings a little artistic edge to Euston Road.

'View' is made from a folded paper sheet featuring two photographed figures, whose movements and poses change as viewers pass the concertinaed surface they occupy. It will be displayed in the windows of the Wellcome Trust headquarters for a year.

The work creates a narrative of changing perspectives as the figures disappear behind the edge of folds, are foreshortened towards the back of the display, appear suddenly or are fragmented either side of an edge in the paper. 'View' playfully exploits a tension between 2D and 3D fields, and the result is a visual drama where perception is directed and challenged by the carefully placed creases.

'View' is the winner of a competition open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from University of the Arts London on the theme 'The changing perception of images'. Phoebe Argent is a third-year BA student in graphic design at Camberwell College of Arts.

The partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the University will extend into 2015: a second work from the competition, 'Eye-contact' by Peter Hudson, is scheduled for display from July 2014.

Clare Matterson, Director of Medical Humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust, says: "The collaboration between the Wellcome Trust and University of the Arts London has provided a unique platform for talented young artists to draw inspiration from the research areas of image perception, memory and neuroscience supported by the Trust. Phoebe Argent's winning design is at once disarmingly simple and kaleidoscopic, encouraging passers-by on the Euston Road to look, and look again."

Sigune Hamann, artist, lecturer and curator of the Wellcome Trust Windows commission, says: "This interdisciplinary collaboration is a great opportunity for students to explore the changing ways in which we deal with images. With rapid technological developments, no longer are images read only as forms. They are also experienced as events: grouped, fractured, layered and changing over time.

"Phoebe Argent's concertina installation heightens the viewer's perception of figures as images through fragmentation and distortion: humans in constant communication with their environment, receiving and sending signals."

About University of the Arts London

Operating at the heart of the world's creative capital, University of the Arts London(opens in a new tab) is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The University's unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art. Renowned names in the cultural and creative sectors produced by the University include 12 Turner prize winners and over half of all nominees, 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year, more than half of the designers showcased in London Fashion Week, 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography Award and seven winners of the Prince Philip Designers Prize.

About the Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust's breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.