TEICHMANN, Esther. Drinking Air. [London]: [Self-published], (2010).-EDITION OF 200



Drinking Air.
[London]: [Self-published], (2010).

Oblong 4to (219 × 290 mm), pp.[52]. Colour photographs. Text by Teichmann. Light green endpapers. Maroon cloth-covered boards, front lettered in gilt. Signed and numbered by Teichmann in black ink on last page. Fine.

First edition of 200 copies. Esther Teichmann’s work is concerned with examining ideas of loss, desire, grief, and restlessness. In Drinking Air she interweaves photographs from several bodies of work, together with sketchbook and reference material, and extracts of her fictional writing. In an interview with Brad Feurhelm for 1000 Words, Teichmann discussed her approach: ‘My relationship to the photographic image, whether still or moving, is less connected to the idea of delivering transparency or of a copy, rather, the camera and image function here as metaphors for subjectivity, memory and desire. The real is transformed from one thing into another in a magical totemistic process, fracturing any claims of the photograph as evidence...

In my sketchbooks I have always written fictional texts alongside the image making, and drew on top of and extensions of the photographs to plan further set constructions and new images, then realized this was as much the work as the ‘final image’, so began including reference material, collages, etchings and painting into photographs and film pieces with voice-over narratives in my process. This crossover between the photographic and other media is something I have always worked with and perhaps is a reflection of the works I am drawn to and look at within my research.’

2 copies in OCLC: National Art Library / Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Tate Library and Archive, London.

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