The Clore Gallery at Tate Britain re-opens with new displays of painting and watercolours by Turner and Constable. To coincide with this the American artist Vija Celmins was invited to make a selection of works on paper by Turner. In the adjoining gallery the artist has also selected four drawings and related prints of her own from the ARTIST ROOMS collection (open until April 2013). Here she talks about how she has been influenced by Turner’s practice. You can see the similar subject matter in the two images below. What do you think?
We do share, I think, a love for the material we use. Turner leaves the mercurial attributes of watercolour as evidence, and I push the natural density of charcoal, graphite, and mezzotint, so both of us acknowledge the physicality of the material as part of our work. I think we also both like wildness - the wilderness, the impossible image to capture and wrestle onto that small piece of paper. We are also not confessional artists looking to express ourselves but are more observers and describers of the world outside.