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Fantasy of virtue/ All things and nothing



Becc Orszag


1986 –

  • Details

    Other Title
    Fantasy of Virtue
    Media category
    Materials used
    graphite pencil and 24kt gold leaf on 600gsm Fabriano watercolour paper in bespoke frames
    85.7 x 331.5 cm
    Gil & Shay Docking Drawing fund 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Becc Orszag

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    Becc Orszag

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  • About

    Becc Ország’s meticulously rendered drawings feel both familiar, yet strange. Composed from an assemblage of landscape images sourced from the internet, they are collaged, layered and manipulated digitally before being drawn in graphite pencil on paper. Mirror imaging and the addition of unexpected elements within the composition emphasise the artificiality of these landscapes. They are not scenes taken from the world as we know it; rather, they are works of fiction.

    We can see words taken from songs, instruction manuals and religious texts, with cryptic symbols rendered in gold. These snippets of text and golden icons question the way we attribute value to certain shapes and symbols, as they operate as potential ciphers to decode the image.

    Ország is interested in ideas of religion, faith and magic and the question of what draws people to different belief systems. Her invented worlds reflect on the quest for higher meaning, whether through imagined utopias, or the perfect promised land. As humans continue to seek spaces for the sacred, their religions, politics and cultures will eventually pass. It is only nature that endures.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition