Betty Woodman, From Nina’s Room, 2016


Betty Woodman
From Nina’s Room, 2016
Archival pigment print on Japanese Mulberry paper
Edition of 45, signed and numbered
91 x 73 cm
£1,000 (ICA Members £750)

ICA is pleased to present a new edition by Betty Woodman to accompany her solo show Theatre of the Domestic (3 Feb 201610 Apr 2016).

American artist Betty Woodman is one of the most important contemporary artists working with ceramics today. Although Woodman’s medium of choice has been clay since 1950, the artist has been making prints for over 35 years. Her experimental use of mixed media—including graphite, ink, lacquer with terra sigilliata and wax—plays with and combines the three-dimensionality of clay and the two-dimensionality of painted surfaces to create a new and exciting form of ceramic art.

Woodman’s decision to produce a special edition stemmed from her fascination with digital printing, having worked mainly with woodcuts and monotypes over the past fifteen years. She considers this the perfect opportunity to “move [herself] into the 21st century”.

From Nina's Room: An Edition by Betty Woodman

The composition of From Nina’s Room was taken from a painting with elements of collage on Mulberry paper, chosen for its thin and highly responsive quality to water. Taking inspiration from a spectrum of artistic sources, ranging from Egyptian art and Greek vases, to Picasso’s expressive lines and Matisse’s vivid palette, Woodman has typically incorporated a figure of a vase. By replicating this distinctive form with a ghostly silhouette in the background, From Nina’s Room plays with perspective, at once suggesting a green room beyond the pink walls yet denying that sense of space within the viewer’s reach. 

“I’m fascinated with [the print] because it really captures the quality of the painting…it is a game of colour, and my work is also very much about colour.” - Betty Woodman

Born in 1930 in Connecticut, USA, Woodman lives and works in New York City and Antella, Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include Betty Woodman, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy (2015), Illusions of Domesticity, David Kordansky, Los Angeles, CA (2015), Betty Woodman, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland (2014),  Betty Woodman, Gallery Diet, Miami, FL (2013), Of Botticelli, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany (2013), Windows, Carpets and Other Paintings, Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY (2013), Betty Woodman, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI (2012), Roman Fresco / Pleasures and Places, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY (2011), Betty Woodman: Front/Back, Salon 94, New York, NY (2011), and Betty Woodman: Places, Spaces & Things, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada (2011).

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This work can be purchased with Own Art, which allows you to spread the cost of your purchase over ten months, completely interest free. For more information on framing options and OwnArt applications, please contact Charlotte Barnard +44 (0)20 7766 1410.