Paint Her to Your Own Mind Exhibition
10th July 16 – 30th September 16
By Volume VI of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Laurence Sterne’s exuberant and provocative approach to telling the story of Tristram’s life and opinions has reached the point where he surrenders all responsibility and encourages the reader to do all of the work. The page is blank. Sterne wants to stimulate the creation of the most beautiful woman that ever existed and invites the reader :
To conceive this right, —call for pen and ink— here’s paper ready to your hand, —Sit down, Sir, paint her to your own mind—as like your mistress as you can —as unlike your wife as your conscience will let you—‘tis all one to me— please but your own fancy in it.
Continuing the theme of the two previous exhibitions (The Black Page & Emblem of My Work)
Paint Her to Your Own Mind invites 147 artists / writers / composers to join in creating 147 different representations of beauty.
The artists’ contributions are anonymous, leaving the visitor to guess which artist created which page.
Each page is for sale by auction.
Visitors will be able to bid on each page at the exhibition and in the coming weeks, online bidding will become available on the exhibition blog: