Cornelia ParkerPornographic Drawing 1996

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Artist
Cornelia Parker (born 1956)
Title
Pornographic Drawing
Date 1996
MediumFerric oxide on paper
Dimensionsimage: 560 x 560 mm frame: 630 x 630 x 41 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1997
Reference
T07325
Not on display

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These delicate, watery images are distinctly sexual in appearance, though the shapes occurred by chance. The suggestion of body parts is appropriate, since the ink the artist used was made by dissolving pornographic video tapes. Describing the process, Parker says: ‘I dissolved pornographic video tapes in solvent and made Rorschach blots with the stain. The video tapes were shredded by the Customs and Excise who decide what should be taken out of circulation. I’m making you look at them again but they’ve become an abstraction...I just dropped these blots of ‘ink’ onto paper and folded it. I didn’t dictate what images appeared.’

October 2004

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