Ink on Somerset paper, some with chine collé handpainted paper and foil
98.5 x 98.5 cm
Edition of 3
Anatsui has taken the traditional format of a print within a white border and transformed its communicative capacity. The format of the square within the square allows the print to literally push against, and spill over, its internal limits: these are parameters for play, not for restriction. Working across the floor Anatsui would push the disks around and then stand over them, meditating on the what the colours and forms did to one another. No orientations were prescribed and the compositions would be looked at from all sides.
Anatsui’s talent for graphic impact is apparent standing back from the series. Standing close one is lost, and wants to be lost, in surface. The disks are printed over hand painted papers and foils, and both as an intaglio and relief plates. Through these approaches a shifting landscape of marks moves across the forms, some lying on the paper and others embedded in it, some appearing glossy on a matt dry surface while others are the stable points on a shimmering foil. The result is luminous. Anatsui takes a circular disk and pushes it to its poetic limit: the thirteen cycles of the moon are summoned by the repetition of one wooden tabletop.
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