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Out of the shadows

Art is at its best a bag of contradictions and puzzles turned into something beautiful, and Tim Noble & Sue Webster's latest work fits that particular bill precisely.

The striking sculpture is made entirely of mummified animals set in solid Sterling silver – a familiar motif throughout the artists' work – and, when a light is shone at the right angle, reveals the artists' faces in its shadow.

Confusingly, the work, entitled The Masterpiece, just won the Object of the Year award at this year's Masterpiece Art Fair. You might say The Masterpiece was the masterpiece of masterpieces at Masterpiece. Or, if you don't want to sound insane, just say it's a phenomenal sculpture.

Tim Noble & Sue Webster, The Masterpiece, 2014; for more info: blainsouthern.com