Tacita Dean: La puerta del Diablo, 2021
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La puerta del Diablo, 2021
Edition of 24 (plus 8 artist proofs)
Signed and numbered by the artist on the verso
Materials: Hand-printed photochemical colour photograph printed on Fuji flex paper, mounted on paper
Dimensions: 40 x 37.5 cm
This edition is created from one image of 130 postcards from the artist's found postcard collection, which she has gathered at flea markets over many decades. The images have been re-photographed and photochemically hand-printed at various scales and on a variety of papers. Inspired by her shared interests with Hepworth, Dean selected images that depicted a representation of, or potential for, sculptural form, creating an intuitive journey through objects and formations found in the natural world, to others made by artists across time.
Tacita Dean was introduced to the work of Barbara Hepworth and the St Ives School of artists while studying at Falmouth School of Art. She found a particular affinity with Hepworth’s interest in Cornish landscapes, the natural rock formations, the coastal paths and the ancient standing stones. Like Hepworth, Dean is also drawn to the notion of ‘truth to materials’, observing: ‘The medium itself will give you something entirely unexpected, and something far better than you intended.’ By using analogue materials and techniques, Dean is guided by the specific qualities of the mediums she works with, embracing the unpredictability of the making process.
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