Lightning Series I-VII

  • 2007
  • Tacita Dean
  • 7 carbon paper drawings
  • Chaque dessin : 69,8 x 69,8 cm
Resembling streaks of lightning in the night sky, Lightning Series I-VII was made by cutting and scratching the image on carbon paper. They can be seen as the negative version of her dry point works in alabaster she has made since 2002.

© Tacita Dean. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo


Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean studied painting at the Slade School of Art (London). Since the mid-1990s, film and photography have been her preferred mediums.

She also works in chalk on blackboards, and paints postcards and photographs using slow, complex methods. Dean’s films reveal great attention to detail, based on fixed long takes. She records the effects of passing time, particularly in the traces left by the activities of individuals, in natural elements such as stones and trees. She develops this theme in filmed portraits of anonymous individuals and older artists. Passionate about cinema, Dean sees the current split between non-digital and digital film as a metaphor for a heightened awareness of time that informs all her work.

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