Ann-Marie James Limited Edition Print (Unframed)
Dear Barbara, 2019
Risograph on munken paper
Edition of 100, numbered and signed
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Dear Barbara is inspired by a letter from Barbara Hepworth to Jim Ede, which James discovered in the Kettle’s Yard archive. In the letter Hepworth apologies profusely for reacting negatively to a request from Jim Ede (the creator of Kettle’s Yard) that she might give one of her sculptures so it could be displayed in the Kettle’s Yard House. Written in 1972, it movingly reveals Hepworth’s close friendship with Jim and Helen Ede since the early 1930s.
James created her print in a single three-hour sitting, using four cartridges of ink. (A time-lapse video of this process is available on the Kettle’s Yard website.) Preserving only the letterhead and a few selected quotes, James covered the letter with her own apologies to family, friends and acquaintances. It begins with an apology to Hepworth for reading the sculptor’s private correspondence. The print’s monochrome palette echoes the base of Group of Three Magical Stones and the colour of Three Personages – two sculptures by Hepworth which are on display in the House.
This print accompanies a series of works which Ann-Marie James has produced for Helen Ede’s bedroom during a residency at Kettle’s Yard in 2019.
About the artist
Ann-Marie James (born 1981) lives and works in Suffolk. James studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, and Wimbledon College of Art. Awards include the MFI Flat Time House Graduate Award (2012), The Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship at The British School at Rome (2013–14) and the Artists International Development Fund, The British Council (2016). She has undertaken residencies at Lantana Projects, Memphis, Tennessee, USA (2006), Headspace (supported by the Daiwa Foundation), Nara, Japan (2011) and the British School at Rome, Italy (2013). Her work is held in the collections of The British Museum, The British School at Rome, University of the Arts, London, and The Victoria and Albert Museum.