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Title

Still from 'Silvia paints Pat #1'

02 Sep 1978


Artists

Pat Larter

England, Australia

08 Jul 1936 - 06 Oct 1996

Silvia Jansons

1950 -

Richard Larter

England, Australia

19 May 1929 - 25 Jul 2014


About

Silvia Jansons painted Pat Larter’s body in two separate sessions during 1978. These two performances are known as ‘Silvia paints Pat #1’ and ‘Silvia paints Pat #2 (again!)’. Both sessions were originally filmed on Super8 film, without sound. The first body painting performance was done on 2 September. At the start of it, Pat Larter held up a story board with the inscription: ‘Pat and Richard Larter with Silvia Jansons/Armidale 1978’. Pat Larter’s body was painted with two different designs at this time. The first design included a web collar around her neck. It left large parts of her body, including her breasts, unpainted. The second striped design suggested the fur of wild animals, such as zebras, hyenas and leopards. Both films were shown in a retrospective of Pat and Dick Larter videotapes and films at the Sculpture Centre, Sydney, as part of the 1979 Biennale Alternatives.


Details


Date

02 Sep 1978


Media categories

Photograph , Performance


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

14.0 x 9.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

National Art Archive. Gift of Richard Larter 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

ARC153.1014.6


Artist information

Pat Larter

Works in the collection

111

Artist information

Silvia Jansons

Works in the collection

20

Artist information

Richard Larter

Works in the collection

138


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Pat Larter, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Nov 2020–21 Mar 2021