She's tipped for the Turner and has just won the first Hepworth sculpture prize. The 31-year-old talks about escaping an essay farm to create a parallel world out of matchsticks, pipes, spoons and threads
Helen Marten is having quite a year and, indeed, quite a career. Her first solo show in Britain was in 2012, at the Chisenhale in London, the seeding ground of bright young artists. Her work has twice been shown at the Venice Biennale, an exhibition of hers has just closed at the Serpentine in London, and last week she won the inaugural Hepworth prize for sculpture. She is in the running for the Turner prize, too – all at the age of 31.