Gaze

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Acquired in 2009 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Bowen, Sian
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
PDP
credit
Given by Siân Bowen
date_end
2006-12-31
date_start
2006-01-01
date_text
2006 (made)
descriptive_line
Drawing, laser-cut blue paper and applied silver lines, 'Gaze' series, England, Sian Bowen, 2006.
dimensions
Height: 66.4 cm, Width: 48.8 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
historical_context_note
The work is one of three given to the V&A by Sian Bowen in 2007. They were produced as part of the artist's 18 month residency between 2006 and 2007.
historical_significance
history_note
Given to the Museum, along with E.22-2007 and E.23-2007, by Sian Bowen in 2007.
id
151005
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T05:38:23.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T05:38:23.000Z
latitude
52.883289
location
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case PD, shelf 126
longitude
-1.97685
marks
'Sian Bowen, 2006'
materials
paper, ink
materials_techniques
Drawing on paper
museum_number
E.24-2009
museum_number_token
e242009
object_number
O186659
object_type
Drawing
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Drawing from Gaze, laser cut dip dyed indigo paper with drawing in silver ink, 66.4 cm x 48.8 cm.
place
England
primary_image_id
2009CA1137
production_note
production_type
Unique
public_access_description
Siân Bowen (born 1959) is an artist who has made drawing her primary practice. Her work extends the definition of the term drawing and involves techniques such as layering, piercing and cutting found and treated papers. Bowen was artist-in-residence with the word and Image Department and Paper Conservation Studio for 18 months in 2006-7. In the course of her residency she made a series of drawings inspired by the collections and intended as the centre-piece of a display, Sian Bowen: Drawing, Context and the Collection (14 February-28 May 2007). Amongst the material studied in the V&A collections was the Harry S. Parkes collection of Japanese papers, amassed around 1870 in Japan. This prompted Bowen to research historic but now-vanishing treatments of paper and to acquire such papers to use in her drawings. For Gaze she used persimmon-treated paper (which has reddish-brown colouring and is waterproof), indigo papers dip-dyed up to nine times (giving them a dense colour and purplish bloom) as well as papers brushed with clay; she also worked with materials such as vellum. She had been intrigued by the potential of the Claude Glass (an 18th-century drawing aid) which she had seen in the British Galleries, so she commissioned a replica which she used to study and draw from selected objects in the collection, in particular a harlequinade -a small folding book telling the story of Cinderella. For Bowen this object was analogous to a folding tea house she had seen and been captivated by on a visit to Japan in spring 2006. This drawing is one of three acquired by the Museum following the artist's residency. They show the central themes of Bowen's residency and represent the range of materials and techniques that she used. Designed to be seen unframed, suspended and lit from behind, these drawings are exquisitely beautiful; they embody the achievements and insights of the residency, melding art and craft.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
gaze-drawing-bowen-sian
sys_updated
2013-08-25T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
drawing, laser cutting
title
Gaze
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
2006
year_start
2006