- Purchased, 2002
- Reproduced with permission
- Mixed media on board
- 1182 x 1217mm
In a work concerned with the nature of memory, Kim Pieters uses the ‘automatic gesture’ of Surrealism – suppressing conscious thought and allowing marks to be made intuitively. The Surrealists thought that this approach might provide a direct line of sight to the subconscious of the artist and that, based on their own personal dreams, memories and desires, the viewer would also bring their own subconscious reading to the work. Pieters has painted on boards that have already been used for other purposes, adding another layer of past associations to her sparse, almost calligraphic images. But memory is a dangerous thing, her title suggests: going over past ground can be obsessive and all-consuming, and there is a psychic risk involved in not letting go of certain memories.
(Now, Then, Next: Time and the Contemporary, 15 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)