ANATOMY OF SHAPE # 1 (1978 –1980) 

Gallery ACT, Toronto, 1980

After a couple of years during which I stepped back from the art scene, I resolved to work my way through a simple and fundamental question that resulted from my lived experiences of having a multicultural parental background, then moving from one continent and culture to another, and finally learning a new language at the vulnerable age of fifteen. This body of work therefor began my reflections on questions of shape and identity. 

I began by making a series of graphite drawings exploring shapes that had their own identity. I then constructed black shapes that did not recollect any particular object or other memory. I made shapes that had only their own identity, with no references. Once these shapes were constructed I then set myself the second question, how to construct an internal structure that was bound to its external parameter. By running my fingers along the boundary of the shape, wherever it changed direction I called that a significant point. I connected these significant points and came up with an internal structure. The resulting shapes were identified with different colours. It was at this point that I realized there were many possibilities for connecting these significant points, and therefore a number of possibilities for creating different internal structures. This led me to understand for the first time the concept of multiple truths, and for me eliminated the modernist paradigm of singular or essential truth.

It was from these two reflections on visual representation that my discourse through visual language evolved.


Yvonne Lammerich has shown nationally and internationally since 1973. Her work is included in museums as well as corporate and private collections.


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