Gracefield is delighted to present the work of important American artist Vija Celmins. Knownfor her highly executed drawings using charcoal, graphite and erasers, and for her practice in print-making, Celmins’s delicate images are based on photographs of the sea, deserts, the night sky and other natural phenomena. This exhibition will present some twenty-five works on paper by Celmins spanning from 1974 to 2002, showcasing important examples of these signature themes.
Celmins’s work focuses on the relationship between minutiae and the universal, and the position of the individual in the context of vastness. Her fragile images record natural phenomenon, captured through a telescope or camera, temporarily frozen in time. The exhibition will feature four unique drawings, including the early Untitled (Desert-Galaxy) 1974 and Web #1 2001.
Accompanied by a selection of four prints of the same subject, this drawing was the first in a major series of works that Celmins made of spider’s webs, reflecting the delicate, web-like construction of the universe. Other works in the collection include an important series from the entitled Concentric Bearings which explores different images of turning space.
Gracefield Arts Centre