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Still from 'Silvia paints Pat #1'

02 September 1978


Pat Larter

England, Australia

08 Jul 1936 – 06 Oct 1996

Silvia Jansons

1950 –

Richard Larter

England, Australia

19 May 1929 – 25 Jul 2014

  • Details

    02 September 1978
    Media categories
    Photograph , Performance
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    14.0 x 9.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    National Art Archive. Gift of Richard Larter 1999
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Pat Larter © Richard Larter. Copyright Agency © Silvia Jansons

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  • 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.

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