Forty-six years ago, aged eight, Tacita Dean started to collect four-leaf clovers. Her fascination with an aspect of Nature has persisted – and helped shape her development as one of Britain’s most prominent contemporary artists, celebrated this summer in three major exhibitions. Today she sees that clover collection, a record of patience and observation, as a lesson in chance and luck, and how to “find by not looking”.

Recalling those early years, she says: “I spent my childhood outside in the garden and the fields around it, and, you know, every single tree has a memory, every single plant ...


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