Exhibition view, “The Stuff That Matters. Textiles collected by Seth Siegelaub for the CSROT,” Raven Row, 2012 Courtesy: the CSROT Historic Textile Collection at the Stichting Egress Foundation, Amsterdam
This exhibition featured the little-known medium of sandpaper drawings, popular in the mid-nineteenth century, made on panel or board covered with marble dust. Artists, both trained and untrained, transformed this shimmering surface with charcoal and/or pastel, creating haunting images that were marked by deep blacks and shining whites. Predominant themes included landscapes, seascapes, and city views as well as memorials and biblical and historical scenes.
Images: The Magic Lake and E.S. Hewitt, The Token of the Covenant