Dying for It (1989)
About this artwork
David Mach is renowned for his large-scale sculptures made of everyday materials. This work uses glass bottles filled with coloured water to create the shape of a woman lying on her back with her legs spread. It also echoes the shape of the Scottish flag. Mach made his first bottle piece in 1979. As a student he had worked in a bottling plant during his summer holidays and, impressed by the large production plant, he wanted to create works which were on the same imposing scale. This sculpture was commissioned by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
David Mach was born in Methil, in Fife. He studied at the Duncan Jordanstone College, Dundee 1974 - 79 and the Royal College of Art in London 1979 - 82. He made a dramatic debut into the world of public sculpture in 1983 when he constucted the submarine Polaris out of thousands of tyres on the South Bank of the Thames. Other projects include the 'Big Heids' on the M8 motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Mach's strikingly original sculptures and collages are created from found materials - coathangers, postcards, matches etc. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998.