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Portfolio box (lid only), for the suite of 20 prints entitled 'Trust Me'

Print
1992-1993 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The prints in this portfolio take their inspiration from 1950s illustrations of science magic tricks in comic-book, somewhat diagrammatic, style. The artist has taken these and combined them with a kind of 'stream of consciousness' or 'automatic' drawing (where the artist does not really think about what they are doing in a conscious way). In a statement about the set of prints the artist notes that the juxtaposition of title and image, and of illustration (taken from the science magic book source) and hand painted gesture "imply cause and effect, triggering a psychological drama within". Some of the images seem very feminist, in that they show female figures in controlling positions within the overall narrative of the image. The suite shows how an artist can combine a found or ready-made source with their own work to produce images with a certain psychological complexity. The portfolio case was made by Lizzie de Rham, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen and stiff card or light wood
Brief Description
Lizzie de Rham: portfolio case (lid part) for the portfolio by Elizabeth Marran: 'Trust Me' 1992
Physical Description
Lid of portfolio box bound in black linen
Dimensions
  • External measure of box when closed height: 34.7cm
  • External measure of box when closed width: 34.8cm
  • External measure of box when closed depth: 13.2cm
Production typeLimited edition
Copy Number
not numbered. Artist's proof
Marks and Inscriptions
Trust Me. Elizabeth Marran (The portfolio lid is printed in white ink with the same plate, bearing the title and the artist's signature, as the title page: E.341:1-2007)
Credit line
Given by the artist
Production
the lid is in two parts, E.341:23 and E.341:24-2007



Attribution note: this suite is un-numbered but the edition is 20 with three artist's proofs.
Summary
The prints in this portfolio take their inspiration from 1950s illustrations of science magic tricks in comic-book, somewhat diagrammatic, style. The artist has taken these and combined them with a kind of 'stream of consciousness' or 'automatic' drawing (where the artist does not really think about what they are doing in a conscious way). In a statement about the set of prints the artist notes that the juxtaposition of title and image, and of illustration (taken from the science magic book source) and hand painted gesture "imply cause and effect, triggering a psychological drama within". Some of the images seem very feminist, in that they show female figures in controlling positions within the overall narrative of the image. The suite shows how an artist can combine a found or ready-made source with their own work to produce images with a certain psychological complexity. The portfolio case was made by Lizzie de Rham, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
E.341:24-2007

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record createdAugust 24, 2007
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