Antony Gormley

RED EARTH, 1987 - 1998

The drawings in this series are made from red-coloured earth collected originally by the artist from the Lot region in France and mixed with rabbit skin glue and water. Black pigment is still present - used either to shade in entire areas or to pick out individual elements within the composition. Some of the imagery imaginatively anticipates encounters with the desert, the scale and breadth of the outback, the appearance of aboriginal skin painting and spirit dances, as well as the individual clay forms that would comprise FIELD FOR THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, 1989 (his installation of 1,100 small individually fashioned terracotta figurines). The graphic 'imaginings' were made prior to his first encounter with Australia in 1989. In fact, since his travels in India in the 1970s, Gormley had been seeking to test his own classic Western frame of reference against other traditions - an impulse that was given further impetus in the early 1980s by his encounter with Joseph Beuys's notion of a widened field of art and call for an anthropological art. For Gormley this meant that putting art 'to the practical service' of life in order to 'make something with power'. The use of earth has a long prehistoric tradition in terms of mark-making, and this ties in with the artist's notion that 'drawing is a site where something has occurred geologically'. The drawings are thus a powerful repository of thought and reflection in terms of both historical and pre-historical concerns. Text by Anna Moszynska, from ANTONY GORMLEY DRAWING, Published by The British Museum Press, 2002

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THRESHOLD, 1987

THRESHOLD, 1987
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38.5 x 27.5 cm

VOID

VOID, 1988
Earth, rabbit skin glue, linseed oil and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

SHADOW, 1989

SHADOW, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

BEARING NIGHT AND DAY, 1989

BEARING NIGHT AND DAY, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

POUCH, 1989

POUCH, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

TWO PERSONS RELUCTANT TO BE BORN, 1989

TWO PERSONS RELUCTANT TO BE BORN, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue, oil and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

CONTINENT, 1989

CONTINENT, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue, oil, black pigment and charcoal on paper
11 x 15 cm

ANOTHER TIME, 1989

ANOTHER TIME, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

HOME & THE UNDERWORLD, 1989

HOME & THE UNDERWORLD, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

POINT II, 1989

POINT II, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

INTERNAL THRESHOLD, 1989

INTERNAL THRESHOLD, 1989
Earth and rabbit skin glue on paper
38 x 28 cm

FIVE HOUSES, 1989

FIVE HOUSES, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

FLESH, 1989

FLESH, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

ROOM, 1989

ROOM, 1989
Earth and rabbit skin glue on paper
28 x 38 cm

SEMINAR, 1989

SEMINAR, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue, oil and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

UNTITLED, 1989

UNTITLED, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

CREATING THE WORLD, DIVIDING THE WORLD, 1989

CREATING THE WORLD, DIVIDING THE WORLD, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue, oil and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

CREATING THE WORLD, DIVIDING THE WORLD II, 1989

CREATING THE WORLD, DIVIDING THE WORLD II, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

EVIDENCE, 1989

EVIDENCE, 1989
Earth and rabbit skin glue on paper
28 x 38 cm

HOME BOX, 1989

HOME BOX, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

HOME, 1989

HOME, 1989
Earth and rabbit skin glue on paper
28 x 38 cm

HOME II, 1989

HOME II, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

PLACE, 1989

PLACE, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

EGGS, 1989

EGGS, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

ROOM, 1989

ROOM, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
27.6 x 38 cm

ACCORDING TO THE EARTH

ACCORDING TO THE EARTH, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue, oil and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

CENTRE

CENTRE, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue, oil and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

CHASM, 1989

CHASM, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue, oil and black pigment on paper
27.9 x 38.1 cm

DICOTYLEDON

DICOTYLEDON, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue, oil and black pigment on paper
27.9 x 38.1 cm

EARTH/BODY/LIGHT, 1989

EARTH/BODY/LIGHT, 1989
Earth, rabbit skin glue, oil and black pigment on paper
27.9 x 38.1 cm

STILL, 1990

STILL, 1990
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 27.5 cm

FEEL, 1990

FEEL, 1990
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
29 x 38 cm

THINKING, 1992

THINKING, 1992
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

RENAL, 1992

RENAL, 1992
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

LIGHT, 1992

LIGHT, 1992
Earth and rabbit skin glue on paper
38 x 28 cm

SEEDS IN SPACE, 1992

SEEDS IN SPACE, 1992
Earth, rabbit skin glue and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

WITNESS, 1993

WITNESS, 1993
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 19 cm

HOME, 1993

HOME, 1993
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 19 cm

CURTAIN

CURTAIN, 1998
Earth, linseed oil and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

CURTAIN II, 1998

CURTAIN II, 1998
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

THROUGH, 1998

THROUGH, 1998
Earth, rabbit skin glue and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm