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Tim Mara, Reeded Glass and Shadow, 1997
Tim Mara Artist's Alphabet

K: Keyworks > 6. Reeded Glass and Shadow 1997

back to the alphabet grid In this print the pairing of objects has been replaced by the pairing of self-portraits, why do you think this development occurred?

Why does Tim choose to represent himself in filtered and distorted images rather than by a straight portrait? Is this consistent with his previous approaches?

What concerns do you think Tim had when making this print?

The print has been created using an automated offset litho press, and involves no direct handmade mark making, how does this affect the look and feel of the work? What would it be like if it had utilised a handmade approach?

The two halves of this print are extremely different in the information that they present (the left hand panel is complex, colourful and bold in its use of a full frontal portrait and dramatic vertical lines whilst the right hand panel is quiet, low key and minimal in feel) yet, the print seems to have a great sense of balance and symmetry. How has Tim achieved this sense of equilibrium?

This print has been described as "a printed image of imprints of the Artist himself". What do you think is meant by this?

Tim often referred to his work as a 'pure investigation', which was unrelated to autobiographical concerns. Is it possible to produce an image with a self-portrait in it and for it not to be autobiographical?

Given that this work was created shortly before Tim's death what work does it suggest he may have produced if he had been able to continue to develop his ideas?

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© Text: Mark Hampson / Images: Belinda Mara
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