Vija Celmins – 'Painting Takes Just a Second to Go In' | TateShots





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Published on Apr 4, 2014

'The thing I like about painting is that it takes just a second for the information to go in', says Vija Celmins, 'and you can explore and analyse that later.'

Born in Latvia in 1938, Vija Celmins is best known for her intricate, monochromatic drawings of a select range of subjects; meticulous renderings of the surface of the ocean, the vastness of the night sky or the microscopic detail of a spider's web.

In 1966 she began to use photographs as the subjects for her works, creating what she described as 'impossible images', reminding us of the complexity of the simplest things. With her slow, painstaking approach, some of these works take years to complete.

ARTIST ROOMS presents the work of American artist Vija Celmins in a exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh, Uist, the Western Isles of Scotland.


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