Alphabet (B51)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Alphabet

Made in

Shoreham-by-Sea

Date

1994

Materials and techniques

100% cotton drawing paper; Rotring Artist's Colours; hand-made mark-making tool - a sandwich of wood veneer and card. The acrylic watercolour is brushed onto the edges or across the surface of the mark-making tool, varying the colour and wetness of each stroke of the "pen".

Dimensions

height:  175cm
width:  60cm

Object number

B51

Category

References

Sue Nan Douglass - The Edge of the Card: A Scribe's Query in Calligraph, newsletter of the Society for Calligraphy, Los Angeles, California.

Maker's statement

From longer statement in Purchase File: ....The project was full of discoveries. when letter forms were lengthened, fragmented and simplified, they still remained identifiable. Letters are such strong abstract symbols that they adapt well to inventive experimentation. This series of work began in 1980 and through the years a variety of explorations from writing upside down (making letter strokes from bottom to top), to mass densities that were nearly black, to various compositions and now this latest piece which explored more colour and texture is one of my most successful.