Matthew Monahan - Contemporary Artists

Untitled (figure back)

Untitled (figure back) The Saatchi Gallery
 

Matthew Monahan

Untitled (figure back)

1997
pencil on paper

183 x 61

Pencilled with ephemeral delicacy, Matthew Monahan’s Figure Back is less a diagram than an impression. Emerging from the ground as a skeletal ‘remain’, forms are embossed, traced over, erased, and ebonised: capturing a sense of preservation and decay. Pictured on an elongated sheet of paper, Matthew Monahan’s figurative aberration is not merely a representation, but a falsified artefact: the ground, sullied and blotted, acts as both canvas and shroud, a museum-like curios or holy relic claiming the truth of myth
 
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