Fiona Banner

Superhuman Nude (2011)

  • Edition of 150
  • Inkjet with one colour screen print and one glaze on 300gsm Somerset Photosatin paper. Produced by K2 Screen, London.
  • 76 x 60cm
  • Signed, numbered and dated by the artist on the reverse.
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About the Edition
Fiona Banner creates nude studies from life, transcribing physical scenarios into verbal descriptions. These 'wordscapes' define the shapes and forms of the body as well as fleeting moments such as the tension in a second of shared eye contact, or a nervous finger tapping. Banner's print is a nude study of a Paralympic athlete. The title alludes to the extraordinary physicality of this body. She focuses on strength and physicality but also on the fragility of a human awaiting competition. Banner says 'I liked the idea of comparing the athlete to a superhero, with some extraordinary prosthetic gift. Looking at an athlete naked made them powerful and vulnerable at once.
About the Artist
Much of Fiona Banner's work explores the problems and possibilities of written language. Her early work took the form of 'wordscapes' or 'still films' - blow-by-blow accounts written in her own words of feature films, (whose subjects range from war to porn) or sequences of events. These pieces took the form of solid single blocks of text, often the same shape and size as a cinema screen. Banner's current work encompasses sculpture, drawing and installation but text is still at the heart of her practice. She recently turned her attention to the idea of the classic, art-historical nude, observing a life model and transcribing the pose and form in a similar vein to her earlier transcription of films. Often using parts of military aircraft as the support for these descriptions, Banner juxtaposes the brutal and the sensual, performing an almost complete cycle of intimacy and alienation.

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