Classification:Drawing and Watercolour
Physical Object Description:Portrait of the artist, half-length, with long dark hair wearing a dress with pink and green pattern. 2021 Watercolour. Signed and dated in pencil on verso
Dimensions:32 x 24 cm
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, with a contribution from the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation, 2021/22
Ownership history:Purchased from Maureen Paley by the Contemporary Art Society, with support from the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation (GBP), 22 January 2022; presented to the Prints and Drawings Department, British Museum, London, 2022
Relationship:Maureen Paley, London Rootstein Hopkins Foundation Prints and Drawings Department, British Museum, London
A group of her Lockdown portraits painted in 2020 were recently included in her major retrospective exhibition ‘Wearing Masks’ at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. This watercolour was produced during the 2021 lockdown. Here, she confronts us directly; her head is tilted slightly to the side, her lank hair falling in loose strands over her shoulders and house dress. She looks frankly dejected by the self-isolation and the sense of its unending boredom. Speaking of her Lockdown portraits, she has said: ‘I felt a need to do these paintings, and they ended up reflecting these times; they were about isolation, self-reflection, anxiety about the future, and being honest’. The British Museum was particularly keen to acquire this watercolour as an artistic response to the pandemic and its effects on the individual and the questioning of self-worth and sense of purpose that it provoked. It is her first watercolour to enter the collection.
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