In the exhibition Folded Pictures, BORCHs Butik presents recent monotypes and etchings by Matt Saunders.
In 2018/2019, Matt Saunders created a suite of monotypes by simultaneously transferring both sides of watercolors made on linen to paper. The prints carry the weave of the fabric as well as the subtle symmetries and asymmetries of front and back. The works continue the principles of reversal and doubling Saunders had explored in his previous print projects, yet they allow him to work quickly and experimentally, adding color and transparency to the works.
Torsos — the bilateral cores around which we arrange our postures and identities — turn and shift and move through the monotype series. Few faces are depicted, yet the images are charged with psychological implications, exploring questions of intimacy and the visual representation of the human body, of process and materiality.
A suite of three new etchings ruminates on the complex nature of intimate relationships, eroticism and loss. Saunders has employed the principle of doubling in previous print projects as a way to visualize double consciousness and split personality, and returns to it here in one of his first print projects in color. The new prints are executed from two plates and printed in two colors that enter into a kind of equilibrium, combining and separating at the same time. Two Lovers is a double portrait of one person. Two Bathers combines two women from different centuries (Marthe de Méligny and actress Jane Birkin). Two Losses is based on pictures by the Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase of two of his intimate partners.
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