Avis Newman Sensible Ellipse of Lost Origin 1985–6

Artwork details

Artist
Avis Newman born 1946
Title
Sensible Ellipse of Lost Origin
Date 1985–6
Medium Acrylic paint, cotton gauze and polyvinyl acetate resin on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2780 x 4010 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07166
Not on display

Display caption

From the early 1980s Avis Newman has been associated with large mixed-media drawings on unstretched canvas, which have generally been pinned directly to the gallery walls for display. The images combine traces of recognisable elements, including human body parts, bird shapes and paleolithic symbols. The artist has described the title of this work as 'a thought concerning origination, the fundamentals of image making and the origins of memory. It was ironic in that origin is illusory, not actual or substantial. Retrieving it is an impossible desire'.

September 2004

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