Antony Gormley

BLANKET DRAWINGS, 1982 - 1983

These works, made in the early 1980s, are simply a registration of the position of the body when sleeping on the blanket under which it would lie. In registering the sleeping body as an absence in a field of clay, it begins to float as if immersed in water - the kind of locomotion that interests me because it is not about causal action but about participation in a medium. The first works use Thames mud and linseed oil, the later works use China clay.

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BLANKET DRAWING I, 1983

BLANKET DRAWING I, 1983
Brown clay, white blanket, linseed oil
170 x 226 x .8 cm

BLANKET DRAWING II, 1983

BLANKET DRAWING II, 1983
Brown clay, white blanket, linseed oil
170 x 226 x .6 cm

BLANKET DRAWING III, 1983

BLANKET DRAWING III, 1983
White clay, white blanket, linseed oil
170 x 226 x .6 cm

BLANKET DRAWING IV, 1983

BLANKET DRAWING IV, 1983
White clay, white blanket
170 x 226 x .6 cm
Museum Wurth, K├╝nzelsau, Germany

BLANKET DRAWING V

BLANKET DRAWING V, 1983
Clay and blanket
170 x 226 x 0.6 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

BLANKET DRAWING, 1982

BLANKET DRAWING, 1982
River mud, linseed oil and wool blanket
183 x 200 x 2 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

BLANKET DRAWING VII, 1983

BLANKET DRAWING VII, 1983
Thames river mud on wool hospital blanket
233 x 171 x 2 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London