Personal Statement is a body of work, comprising around 70 separate drawings first shown as a complex installation in Etchells’ solo show ‘The Facts on the Ground’ at Vitrine, 2015. Works of varied dimensions and in different acrylics colours are hung in an unruly cluster creating an installation across the gallery.
Etchells’ drawings for the series pitch diverse fragments of language in dialogue with each other. Creating a space in which banal single words, phrases, instructions, notes and appropriated texts sit next to vivid images summoned in language. Fragments of overheard conversation become compelling and often bizarre recurring textual motifs.
About Tim Etchells’ Drawings and Prints
As in his neon and LED pieces, Etchells’ drawings and prints often draw on his broader fascinations as an artist, writer and performance maker, exploring contradictory aspects of language – the speed, clarity and vividness with which it communicates narrative, image and ideas, and at the same time its amazing propensity to create a rich field of uncertainty and ambiguity.