Vija Celmins

Ocean Surface Woodcut 1992

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 telescope or camera which is ephemeral and frozen in time. Celmins's serial exploration of her subjects, including the night sky, allows the artist to exploit the distinct characteristics of the variety of media she uses. The photograph used as the source material for this woodcut was taken at Venice Beach, Los Angeles in about 1969. Celmins used a very small amount of ink on the woodblock, leaving a thin skin printed on the paper.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Vija CelminsAmerican (born 1938)
  • title:
    Ocean Surface Woodcut 1992
  • date created:
    1992
  • materials:
    Woodcut on paper
  • measurements:
    22.40 x 30.40 cm (paper 49.20 x 39.10 cm) (framed: 53.00 x 43.00 x 3.70 cm)
  • object type:
  • 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
  • accession number:
    AR00484
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins