Sheets of Evidence (2009)
South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955) is most widely known for his animated films based on his charcoal drawings, and has worked extensively in varied mediums such as performance, sculpture, books and prints. His recent artist’s book, Sheets of Evidence coincides with a survey of his work, William Kentridge: Five Themes presented at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, (February 24 — May 17, 2010), and the Metropolitan Opera’s March 2010 premier of Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose, directed and designed by Kentridge.
Dieu Donné (New York, NY) has produced Kentridge’s Sheets of Evidence, a limited edition artist’s book consisting of 18 watermarked images and texts.
Conceptually, the book was designed to reveal nothing at first glance. The viewer is encouraged to delve deeper and quite literally look beneath the surface, allowing light to reveal the subtle images and text hidden in the white sheets of handmade paper. Universal themes such as love, intimacy, human relations, and death are found in these exquisite ‘watermark drawings’ and original writings.
Through the use of the watermark technique Kentridge continues his exploration of light and perspective and, like his films, these invisible drawings are revealed only when illuminated from behind.
To complement the book, the artist created two individual watermark drawings which illustrate erotic relations and tensions in couples. The drawings were translated into traditional copper wire watermarks. The artist added images and text to each watermarked sheet by applying paper pulp in a pulp painting technique.