Tacita Dean

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Tacita Dean
Silos Overpainted 14 (The Friar's Doodle)
Gouache on photograph.
16 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches (420 x 595 mm)
Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee

A major contemporary artist, whose creations has been included in numerous international exhibitions, Dean works in film, photography, and drawing, the latter being “the thread that connects everything.” She has drawn on paper, blackboard, alabaster, and, as here, photography. Related to a film she made to be projected on the walls of the Spanish monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, this drawing was inspired by the sketch a Franciscan friar gave Dean when she was a schoolgirl (the friarʼs doodle). The support is a photograph she took of old stone markings on the walls of the monastery. The combination of the doodle and the ancient graffiti evokes history, time, and memory - themes predominant in Deanʼs art.

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