A Mapping in White

Coldwell, Paul
Paul Coldwell’s practice includes print, sculpture and installation. He is interested in the capacity of domestic objects to contain and prompt memories and ideas. His works deal with notions of negative space, absence, loss and voids, responding to things that are present and speculating on things that seem missing. His exhibition at the Freud Museum in 2014 was the result of visual research into the archives of the Museum and Bethlem Royal Hospital, and engaged with notions of anxiety, self-perception, worth and identity. What Remains – Possessions, 2015 is a print from the artist’s series What Remains, which explores how photographs can both reveal and conceal. The objects depicted were originally cast in white resin and made for Coldwell’s Freud Museum exhibition. Through the juxtaposition of the items in the image, such as scissors and a scenic postcard of a snowy cabin, Coldwell aims to convey emotion, rather than simply relying on gestural mark-making. He weaves together elements in a way which suggests the fabric of one's self, in which conflicting aspects are held together, reflecting on the passing of time and fragility of life.
  • Artwork Details: 98.5 x 77cm
  • Edition: 11 of 20
  • Material description: Screen print, metallic pigment
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: ACC6/2018



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