Antony Gormley
Body and Soul, 1990

Antony Gormley, Body and Soul 1, 1990, etchings on paper

Antony Gormley, Body and Soul 1, 1990, etchings on paper

This body of work is significant in being the first etchings Gormley produced. The impressions are taken from the artist’s body – the five main orifices and the hands, knees, forehead and spine. A series of positive and negative shapes connect the interior and exterior space of the body, suggesting a metaphorical relation with the natural world. Printmaking relates directly to Gormley’s sculptural practice. The artist has said: “I have tried to make a bridge between the inner and outer worlds to bring light to weight and weight to light and these prints are a continuation of that attempt”.