Shelagh Keeley

German notes / after Lucretius / de rerum natura

2013
Keeley’s ambitiously scaled wall drawings combine direct visceral markings with printed matter and collage to create what Indian poet Ranjit Hoskote has described as a “membrane, sensitive to the braiding of memory and desire.” Emulating the pages of a sprawling journal, this work channels Epicurean philosopher Lucretius’ first-century treatise On the Nature of Things, a poetic excursion into the origins of all worldly phenomena as based on chance laws of nature rather than divine operation.
Title
German notes / after Lucretius / de rerum natura
Date
2013
Medium
Drawing
Materials
48 sheets of drawings in oil stick, coloured pencil, felt pen, watercolour, acrylic paint, with collage, electrostatic prints and mylar on heavy paper
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2015
Accession number
46345.1-48