Only a Brief While Here

Artist’s book, 2007
Inkjet on Hahnemühle Natural Art Duo, 256gsm. Text by Robert Bush, set in Bembo. 52 pages.
Printed in an edition of 19, each book is accompanied by one of the 19 original studies reproduced in the book, each 25.5 x 20 cm
Quarter leather binding in a drop back box 29 x 23.2 x 3.5 cm

The nineteen studies in the book are preliminary explorations of ideas for a series of painted relief sculptures that Ana Maria Pacheco will execute in three different materials: bronze, alabaster and wood. They are painted in tempera with a wash of oil, and some include the use of gold and metal leaf. While Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London (1997-2000), Pacheco’s contact with early, pre-Renaissance Italian paintings put her in mind of reliefs and rekindled an interest in confronting the challenges of working between two and three dimensions and using colour. These studies for her new reliefs show a continuing engagement with themes that have preoccupied her throughout her career.