‘My work is to make bodies into vessels that both contain and occupy space. Space exists outside the door and inside my head. My work is to make a human space in space.” (‘Notes by the artist’ in: Exhibition Catalogue, London, Serpentine Gallery, Antony Gormley: Five Works, 1987)
Drawn is a manifestation of Gormley’s intellectual engagement in trying to understand the world in which we live and our place within it. First exhibited alongside the seven other unique casts from this series in 2000 at the White Cube Gallery, each figure inhabited a corner of the exhibition space thus affirming the room’s space through a kind of human scaffold.
The cast, moulded on the artist’s own body and thus on a scale with which the viewer can identify, presents itself as a stimulus for contemplation as to the universal question of man’s purpose and place in this world. “If my subject is being," Gormley explained, "somehow I have to manage to engage the whole being of the viewer” (the artist cited in: Exhibition Catalogue, Liverpool, Tate, Antony Gormley, 1994) Whilst inhabiting a form with which the viewer can associate, the figure is non- representational in terms of expression and values, thus transcending the limitations of language. 'The body is a language before language. When made still in sculpture it can be a witness to life and it can talk about this time now.” (the artist cited in interview with Udo Kittelmann in: Exhibition Catalogue, Kolnischer, Kunstverein, Total Strangers, 1999)
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