Live Auction, 7 October 2019

Sold for

R 68 280
Lot 565
Diane Victor; Practicing Poise
  • Diane Victor; Practicing Poise

Lot Estimate
R 70 000 - 100 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 68 280

About this Item

South African 1964-
Practicing Poise
signed, numbered IV/IV 'Artist Proof' and inscribed with the title in pencil
etching, aquatint, mezzotint and embossing
200 by 110cm excluding frame

Notes

Diane Victor often uses her body as a reference in her artworks, many of which are large scale drawings and prints, similar to the present lot. Noyce observes that "by using her body the artist short-circuits the need for a model, but also closing the gap between the object and the subject, and obviating the ambiguity of the artist's gaze, which is so common in the canon of Western art."1

This artwork shows a complex blend printing techniques highlighting the skill that Victor has developed in the making of powerful images. Noyce aptly describes the work as follows: "a naked standing woman stares out from a background embossed with the regularity of wallpaper. Images of primeval sharks nibble at the woman's body, which is studded with nails, as in African fetish figures. The woman holds a picture of a shell, exposing it's open cleft."2

1. Richard Noyce (2010) Critical Mass: Printmaking Beyond the Edge, London: A&C Black. Page 69.

2. Ibid.

Literature

Elizabeth Rankin and Karen von Veh (2008) Diane Victor, Taxi Art Book Series, Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing. Another example from the edition is illustrated on page 36.

Richard Noyce (2010) Critical Mass: Printmaking Beyond the Edge, London: A&C Black. Another example from the edition is illustrated on page 69.


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