Vija Celmins

Drypoint - Ocean Surface

About this artwork

Celmins's intense monochromatic images, based on photographs, focus on small and individual marks in the context of vastness. The images seem fragile because they record a specific human glimpse through a camera which is ephemeral and frozen in time. Celmins’s serial exploration of her subjects, including ocean surfaces, allows the artist to continually exploit the distinct characteristics of the variety of media she uses.

  • title:
    Drypoint - Ocean Surface
  • accession number:
    AR00467
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  • materials:
    Drypoint on paper
  • date created:
    1983
  • measurements:
    18.60 x 23.90 cm; platemark: 19.60 x 25.00 cm (paper 66.00 x 51.00 cm) (framed: 70.50 x 55.20 x 3.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright:
    © Vija Celmins.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins