Marion Coutts


Marion Coutts is an artist and writer. Her works have been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including Foksal Gallery, Warsaw; Arnolfini, Bristol; Helsinki Kunsthalle, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and The Wellcome Collection, London. She was awarded a Rome Scholarship in 1999, held the Momart Fellowship at Tate Liverpool in 2000-01 and the Kettle’s Yard Fellowship in Cambridge in 2003-04. Her work is in private and public collections, including the FSA, Gloucester City Art Gallery and Arts Council England.

Coutts was married to the art critic Tom Lubbock who died in 2011. Following his death, she wrote the introduction to his memoir Until Further Notice, I am Alive, published by Granta in 2012 and is the editor of English Graphic, an anthology of his essays, published by Frances Lincoln also in 2012. She is a Lecturer in Art at Goldsmiths College and lives in London.

Coutts’ book, The Iceberg, will be published by Atlantic in hardback in July 2014. Not a novel, it is a memoir of sorts on art, work, death and language. The book reflects her approach to film in its sustained dedication to the act of looking, non-linear structure, use of cuts and intensely visual language.


Marion Coutts makes sculptural objects, films and photographs. Pared down in appearance, her works carry highly condensed sets of associations: a landscape becomes an island, a horse is carried in procession by bearers, a table is mirrored, halving the work of laying it, the colours of the video spectrum are transposed onto a window. She often works with musicians. For her film Twenty Six Things at the Wellcome Collection in 2008, an array of artefacts from the collection is slowly reordered to the accompaniment of a suite of notes as if played on musical glasses. The audio is digital yet highly suggestive of another – unseen – set of objects, activated by touch, their differences audible in pitch and timbre.