T00627 CONJECTURES TO IDENTITY 1963
Inscr. ‘Eduardo Paolozzi 1963’ b.l.
Collage on paper, approx. 29 7/8×20 1/8 (76×51·25).
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1963.
Exh: Waddington Galleries, September 1963 (9).
The Waddington Galleries exhibition of 1963 contained in addition a silkscreen print based on this work and two other collages. The artist's interest in this medium is also found in his film A History of Nothing and the book Metafisikal Translations, on both of which he was working in 1962 and in which he juxtaposed disparate images (see Jasia Reichardt, ‘Eduardo Paolozzi’ in London Magazine, II, No.12, March 1963, pp.41–2, excerpts repr. between pp.44 and 45).
The artist divides the elements in this collage into ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Historical’. The former are largely abstract: coloured patterns, striped wrapping paper and sections from French and German construction kits for children. The ‘Historical’ images include mechanical diagrams from German technical books published from 1902 onwards, square patterns from Pearson's Weekly in the 1920s, and a reproduction of a religious scene illustrating film lighting from a book, The Electrical Wonders of the World. (Letter from the artist, 9 December 1963.)
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II