Symmetry III

Listing No: 4398

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
4398
Artist:
Ellen Soderquist (1945-)
Title:
Symmetry III
Date of Work:
1981
Signature:
"Soderquist © 81" at lower right
Where Produced:
Texas, USA
Presentation:
Framed

Artwork Medium

Type:
Fine Print
Medium:
Lithograph
Support:
on Paper
Medium Notes:
Paper has a warm yellowish cream tone

Edition

Edition Number:
13
Edition Size:
40

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
22.25 x 15 in. (Sight Size)
Outer Dimensions:
31.25 x 22.75 in. (Frame Outer Dimension)

Artwork Condition

Condition:
The print is framed and floated within a double mat. All edges of the paper sheet are visible and in good condition. Recto: The paper has slightly darkened at the top from three hinges. Otherwise in excellent condition. Verso: The artwork has not been removed from the frame so the back of the paper sheet has not been observed.

About this Piece

This is the artist's most popular print. She has only one impression left in her own collection.

About the Artist

Ellen Soderquist

Artist’s Statement

Since 1979 I have been a studio artist, a teacher of life drawing and an advocate for
the nude in contemporary art. As an artist, l create intelligent and sensuous graphite
drawings of the human body. The nude has been a constant in my work since 1963; it is
my art form; and drawing is the primary technique for my expression of ideas. As a
teacher of life drawing, l advocate that my students learn the role of the nude in the
history of art and that they communicate their ideas about humanity through their work.
As a lecturer and an author, I bring the complex relevance of the unclothed human body
to the consciousness of contemporary culture.

In my freshman drawing class at SMU, we were taught life drawing as a discipline;
however, l was aware that the nude meant much more than that to me. As I laid down
the stick of charcoal after making my first gesture drawing of a nude model, I was
hooked. There was, in the flurry of charcoal on the surface of the newsprint, Somebody
looking back at me. After l discovered Kenneth Clark’s book, "The Nude: A Search for
Ideal Form," in which he stated that the nude is “not the subject of art, but a form of art” I
worked for decades to develop a technique that begins with a mass or scribble gesture
drawing that moves through abstracted forms to a tangible essence of humanity. In
numerous series of artwork, l have pursued a conceptual itinerary that spans the gamut
of human emotions and relationships and l have explored contemporary attitudes about
the nude as well as those of other cultures throughout the history of art.

Recently a reviewer described my drawings as “highly developed…elegant and
provocative." I strive to create an individual who is present for the viewer.

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