Jenny Saville: Oxyrhynchus


Several new works are inspired by the ancient Egyptian rubbish dump at Oxyrhynchus, one of the most important archeological sites ever discovered. Heaps of discarded documents and literature, incredibly preserved in the area's dry climate, are now invaluable; fragments of ancient Greek texts such as Euclid's Elements and the poems of Sappho are among the excavated papyri. Saville alludes to this history through a deep layering of paired subjects: faces, torsos, and limbs overlap with shadows and reflections, palimpsests of living bodies and ancestral apparitions. Silhouettes drawn in charcoal through the surfaces of oil paint underscore the motion of the central embracing figures, while evoking the

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ISBN:

9780847845668

Format:

Hardback

Pages:

100

Dimensions:

22cm x 25cm

RRP:

$180.00

Publisher:

Rizzoli International

Published:

01 April 2015

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Elderfield