East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1942
Materials & Technique:
drawings, pencil, synthetic polymer paint Support: thick smooth cream wove rag paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Drawing has always played a key role in the conceptual, formal and performative framework of Virginia Coventry’s rigorous picture making. Both of these drawings engage the use of silverpoint over black acrylic paint. The silver grids – at once representational (they refer to actual spaces) and non-objective (they draw attention to the edges of the drawing and its support) – can be difficult to see against the black grounds. In moving around and over the drawings to more clearly see the silver line, the viewer joins the artist in an experience of what she calls ‘the optical and felt space of drawing’.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra