Original Etching, in colours, 2002, on support paper, on paper, signed by the artist in pencil.
Edition: The total edition was of 30 proofs of which 12 were bound as books and 18 were presented in boxed portfolios from which our example comes.
Size: Support: 430 x 380 mm
Note:This comes from a boxed suite entitled “Blackness from her womb”consisting of 13 prints in total. Following the title page, the portfolio included two pages each printed with two lines of text. These read: ‘Crows are calling/Blackness from her womb’, and ‘Valley of red/Wounded walls of tranquility’. In this way colour is registered as an important theme in the work before the images are encountered. The words link the womb with injury, darkness and foreboding, but also align it with the landscape, and evoke it as a refuge. Imagery relating to the female body and birth connect these prints to Kapoor’s earlier print portfolio entitled Wounds and Absent Objects 1998. In each of the prints that make up Blackness from Her Womb Kapoor combines the deep and resonant black characteristic of etching with one other colour. The colours used in Blackness from Her Womb derive from hand-made paper sourced in Japan. Samuel sent Kapoor monochrome proof prints of his designs, which Kapoor painted with watercolour. These colour samples were then sent on to Japan where Gampi paper was custom made in the colours the artist had selected.
Printed by: Jacob Samuel, Master Printer.
Public Collections: Tate Gallery, London. Purchased 2002. Reference P78611
Condition: In very good condition with fresh colours
Category Sir Anish Kapoor (b.1954)