RA250: Objects of Obsession

Artists can find inspiration from anywhere. It could be an object, or a work of art
by another artist, but it sets them alight, it triggers a spark deep
in their own work. And when that relationship is a compelling one the artist will return to the object again
and again. Finding something that is both nurturing and
sometimes tormenting. As part of the Royal Academy’s 250th
birthday celebrations we have asked artists from the Academy to
choose an object, a work of art by another artist (from a collection
anywhere in England), that means something to them personally. In a series of encounters that we have called,
for good reason, Objects of Obsession, they tell me why these works of art mean so
much to them, both to their own work and indeed to their lives.