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Avis Newman has worked with a variety of grounds and formats. But since 1982 she has chiefly been associated with large mixed media drawings on canvas. Until recently the canvases were usually unstretched and pinned directly to the gallery walls for display. Without rigid boundaries or separations between them, elements could flow between images. Recognisable elements in this work include outlines of parts of the human body, bird shapes and paleolithic symbols. This accumulation of marks and traces has been described by the artist as referring to the 'non existent, phantisised body. Specifically the body of sensations. A body of liquidity, touch, temperature, memory'.

September 2004