Anish Kapoor Untitled (concentric circles) 2003

Anish Kapoor
© the artist

In this watercolour and ink drawing on rough grey handmade paper, five black apertures are drawn on the paper in a balance, each shape having a series of concentric lines emanating from it and joining it to the largest shape in the centre of the paper. Each shape has an aura or a hum coming from it, like the vibration generated by a bell when it is struck.

The tight arrangement of concentric circles also looks like a funnel or a tunnel, as if each shape is receding into the paper. The shapes also look like features on a map surface, with the lines acting like height indicators on an ordnance survey sheet.

Anish Kapoor is also well known as a sculptor. One of his most famous works, Marsyas, was on display in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in 2003. It was a gigantic stretched skin of red rubberised fabric, 250 metres long, taking the form of a double-ended cone. The flexibility of the rubberised fabric was totally changed under the tension of the circular structures holding it up so that it became taut like a drum. A touchable sample of this material is available.