Gwyther Irwin

Letter Rain

1959

Artist
Gwyther Irwin 1931–2008
Medium
Printed papers on hardboard
Dimensions
Support: 1830 x 910 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2005
Reference
T12032

Not on display

Display caption

Letter Rain was made from advertising posters that Irwin and his wife scavenged from around the East End of London. He then ripped them into fragments, and reassembled the pieces as an abstract collage. Some of the fragments are reversed, others are the right way round. Individual words and letters are clearly legible in the upper half of the work. Further down, the deluge of letters subsides into a haze of pale fragments through which faint traces of letters are just visible.

Gallery label, November 2005