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Title

It's hard to argue with the inescapable logic your own voice uses when it calmly lays out the reasons why you shouldn't exist

2015


Artist

Richard Lewer

New Zealand, Australia

1970 -


About

Richard Lewer is interested in other people’s stories. This drawing is from a group of portraits of the artist and eight of his friends or acquaintances who have experienced depression or anxiety, and have either recovered or learned to manage their condition.

Lewer approached these drawings with the objectivity of a documentary maker, presenting his subjects as individuals among thousands of fellow sufferers. Each sitter was encouraged to speak about their experiences; their words became the titles of the drawings.

Lewer values drawing’s immediacy, and considers it unpretentious and uncomplicated. Drawing also plays a pivotal role in his wellbeing; the practice of making a drawing is his way of finding escape, ‘a way of dealing with my own demons … a way of becoming healthy’.


Details


Date

2015


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

graphite on cardboard


Dimensions

102.0 x 85.0 cm sheet; 104.5 x 85.0 x 3.2 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed verso. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Dobell Biennial Acquisition Fund, Contemporary Collection Benefactors and Friends of New Zealand Art 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

387.2016


Artist information

Richard Lewer

Works in the collection

10


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Anne Ryan, Close to home: Dobell Australian drawing biennial 2016, Essay "Richard Lewer", pg. 36-41, Sydney, 2016, pg. 37-38, 39 (colour illus.), 41 (illus.), 67, 76.

Look, 'Dobell Biennial install', pg. 54-55, Sydney, Oct 2016, 55 (illus.). 'Snapshot' pages.