Vija Celmins

me and vija

I was really taken with the drawings and prints of Vija Celmins at the Tate Britian. They were planets, ocean, rocks. They were very distilled and exact. They were not trying to be anything other than a drawing or an image and by doing so managed to become a perfect drawing or image. She writes: “…My work is stilled and my gestures are subdued and hidden. A stroke too active feels wrong to me. The work has no light but the white of the paper and every stroke describes the flat surface and the image together make one solid object.

It was the reference to the “One Solid Object” that was the most interesting to me. I think I like work that lives in and of itself. Breathes its own air.

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