Abstract figure 1,2,3 [from 'Procession']

William KENTRIDGE: artist

Not On Display

About the work

The Procession series which these figures form part of were the first group of sculptural works made by Kentridge, who to that point had mostly made prints, drawings, and animated films, although his body of work also includesas well as stage design and performance art. Living and working in South Africa has profoundly influenced Kentridge’s art, all of which at some level can be read as a commentary on the legacy of colonialism and the apartheid system. His overarching interest however is investigating what it is to be human – good, bad, victim, perpetrator …

Kentridge’s conceptual understanding of movement comes from the time he spent training to be an actor and the improvisational approach he learnt informs his drawing practice. The shapes in Procession are the result of another kind of improvisation – the tearing up of sheets of black paper. This process created random shapes, but it is the artist’s intent that you see beyond the apparently accidental forms to recognise their inherent humanity. This stream of figures, weighed down by various burdens, referred directly to recent events in South Africa, but it also evokes global issues around displacement and migration.
Abstract figure 1,2,3 [from 'Procession']
Artist/Maker and role
William KENTRIDGE: artist
(1) 29.5 x 24 x 5.5 cm
(2) 24 x 24 x 4 cm
(3) 40 x 16.5 x 4 cm
Credit line
Purchased 2000
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the sculptures in our collection.