Antony Gormley

BODILY FLUIDS, 1986 - 1992

Gormley's use of his own bodily fluids as a medium for drawing spanned a number of years, from the mid-1980s through to the early 1990s. To Gormley, blood and semen are life materials which in their giving imply sacrifice. Thresholds are crossed 'between inner and outer and between celebration and pollution'. That which has been removed from the body is nonetheless memorialised in the work: 'pain and pleasure, the putrefied and the sublimated'. The membrane of the paper is seen as a place of becoming, of both form and meaning. In the transfer of such particularly resonant fluids, the drawing becomes the site of new life, possibility and energy. The first drawing in this series, UNTITLED, 1988 employs a jet of blood that spontaneously issued from a burst capillary on the artist's left middle finger to create an abstract trail across the paper. In others, puddles or drips of blood and/or semen are allowed to fall upon moistened paper, creating an explosive, cosmic effect. Text by Anna Moszynska, from ANTONY GORMLEY DRAWING, Published by The British Museum Press, 2002

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MEANING, 1986

MEANING, 1986
Blood on paper
38 x 28 cm

DAWN, 1986

DAWN, 1986
Blood on paper
38.5 x 28 cm

EARTH, 1986

EARTH, 1986
Blood on paper
28 x 38 cm

THRESHOLD, 1986

THRESHOLD, 1986
Black pigment, oil and blood on paper
38 x 28 cm

THRESHOLD II, 1986

THRESHOLD II, 1986
Charcoal, linseed oil and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

THRESHOLD III, 1986

THRESHOLD III, 1986
Black pigment, oil and blood on paper
38 x 28 cm

EARTH, 1986

EARTH, 1986
Blood on paper
27 x 38 cm

LESION, 1986

LESION, 1986
Blood on paper
28 x 38 cm

HORIZON, 1987

HORIZON, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil and blood on paper
38 x 28 cm

LOSS

LOSS, 1987
Semen and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

GROWTH, 1988

GROWTH, 1988
Blood on paper
28 x 38 cm

MUM,1988

MUM,1988
Blood on paper
38 x 28 cm

TRIBE, 1988

TRIBE, 1988
Blood and oil on paper
38 x 28 cm

UNTITLED, 1988

UNTITLED, 1988
Blood on paper
20.5 x 22.5 cm

CORRESPONDENCE ACROSS FLUID, 1991

CORRESPONDENCE ACROSS FLUID, 1991
Blood on paper
39 x 27 cm

TRACE, 1992

TRACE, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
19 x 14 cm

PLACE, 1992

PLACE, 1992
Blood on paper
19 x 14 cm