Ellen Bell completed Timepiece for a client in 2009. The client was already a big collector of Ellen’s work and understood the intellectual connections and references she made in her work. As a clockmaker, his brief was to create a text-based work about the subject of Time, incorporating a horological dictionary and magazines that he possessed from the early twentieth century. The clock shape was based on a favourite ”Empire“ clock from the nineteenth century that the client had restored. Ellen settled on this shape because of the way it would lend itself to a two-dimensional form. In conjunction with some of Ellen’s own found ephemera she was able to create an intelligent and humorous work tailor-made for its owner.