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Artwork date(s): 2013

Kathleen Patricia Sawyer  - (book artist)


Measurements: various

Type: South African Artists Book

Place publication: East London, RSA
Publisher: Artists Book
Pages: unpaged

Reference noteMerit Award winner of the ABSA l'Atelier being one month residency with the Ampersand Foundation and a solo exhibition in the Absa Gallery.

Exploring themes of transformation and death, these pieces are executed on a small scale intended to create an intimate relationship between the work and the viewer.

The drawings are expressed in a format uncharacteristic of 'finished art' and must be actively explored rather than passively viewed. In this way the sketchbooks become art objects in themselves, as opposed to being preliminary version of a later work.

Narrative content is orientated around the body and its various metamorphoses. The books themselves are revealed to be fragile, the paper translucent as skin and at times compromised by the intervention of cut-outs.

Seven Moleskin sketchbooks of varying sizes:

1. 104mm. Childhood. Notepad format held closed with elastic band.

2. 140mm. Puberty.

3. 140mm. Autopsy.

4. 140mm. Forensics

5. 140mm. Postmortem.

6. 210mm. Necrophagus. Held closed with elastic band.

7. 250mm. My Personal Sketchbook. Held closed with elastic band.

Exhibition notesABSA l'Atelier 2013, Absa Gallery

Ref: GB/14012




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