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Two Drawings on Glass

Catherine Elwes
1978
9mins Black & White reel to reel tape

Two Drawings on Glass

I made a number of single monitor works in the late 1970s and the first was a video drawing of my static figure behind glass onto which Adrian Gill drew a series of lines marking out the proportions of my body as a kind of Vitruvian woman ''manquee''.

Once again I was pointing up the shortcomings of this average female form in terms of line and contour. I was also making reference to to the plumb-line life drawing of naked women that was going on upstairs in Patrick George's studio. The second drawing on glass consisted of my body erasing Adrian's careful measurements by smearing the glass and myself with black paint. Thoroughly enjoyable. CE

Performance to camera Catherine Elwes with Adrian Gill

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