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Front and Back View No. 1

Drawing
2005 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Sculptor Juliet Haysom is interested in 'doubleness'. She says, 'I noticed that a silhouette of a figure ... could be read as either a front or back view. However, like Wittgenstein's rabbit/duck figure it could not be seen as both simultaneously.... In this series I drew onto photocopies of postcards showing women in landscape to push them into this ambiguous position.'


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil drawing
Brief Description
'Front and Back View No. 1', photocopy of photograph showing standing female figure standing on a grassy slope with heavy pencil shading over the figure. By Juliet Haysom, 2005
Physical Description
Photocopy of postcard in shades of grey showing a female figure standing on a grassy slope holding a tennis racket and ball. Heavy pencil shading over the area of the figure (excluding hair and lower legs) makes it into a silhouette, and therefore impossible to tell whether it is a front or a back view.
Dimensions
  • Height: 21.1cm
  • Width: 14.9cm
Style
Object history
This drawing is part of the '40 Artists - 40 Drawings' series acquired as a group in 2007
Subjects depicted
Summary
Sculptor Juliet Haysom is interested in 'doubleness'. She says, 'I noticed that a silhouette of a figure ... could be read as either a front or back view. However, like Wittgenstein's rabbit/duck figure it could not be seen as both simultaneously.... In this series I drew onto photocopies of postcards showing women in landscape to push them into this ambiguous position.'
Collection
Accession Number
E.2581-2007

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record createdJuly 12, 2007
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