Ending Mon, 13th Dec 2021 18:46:00

Summer Collection: Modern & Contemporary Art and Books

 
Lot 90
 
Lot 90 - Judith  Mason (South Africa 1938-2016)

90

Judith Mason (South Africa 1938-2016)
Mouthpiece: The Laughter of Others

pencil and coloured pencil on paper

Artwork date: 2011
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title bottom right
Exhibited: Gallery AOP, Johannesburg, Judith Mason Rictus Sardonicus: Mouthpieces and other things, September 2011, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue on p.11.
Location: Johannesburg

Sold for R28,140
Estimated at R15,000 - R20,000


Condition Report

The overall condition is good.

Slight concave warping to the edges of the paper.

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pencil and coloured pencil on paper

Artwork date: 2011
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title bottom right
Exhibited: Gallery AOP, Johannesburg, Judith Mason Rictus Sardonicus: Mouthpieces and other things, September 2011, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue on p.11.
Location: Johannesburg

(1)

101 x 105 cm; framed size: 122 x 117 x 5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

"I have often used the open mouth to suggest screaming or uttering as if the teeth are the 'pales' of the persona, and 'beyond the pale' suggests transgression of some kind." Judith Mason, 2011 "I paint in order to make sense of my life, to manipulate various chaotic fragments of information and impulse into some sort of order, through which I can glimpse a hint of meaning.” (Judith Mason, 2004) Judith Mason’s works are rich in symbolism – for her a personal reaction to the experience of life. Mason’s motifs are expressed through expertly drafted fragmented anatomy or zoomorphic designs, evident in Mouthpiece: The Laughter of Others. The title supplies an emotional context for the work – that daunting feeling of being laughed at or even the loneliness of being excluded in the laughter of others. The mocking rhythm of the composition is haunting as the tunnel of exposed teeth extends deeper, both visually and internally.

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Auction: Summer Collection: Modern & Contemporary Art and Books, ending Mon, 13th Dec 2021

 

Aspire brings a large-scale and vibrant collection to auction in the final sale of 2021. 248 lots, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, multiples and editions and an impressive collection of books, make for easy collecting in the Online only sale. 

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