These ink paintings by illustrator, author and publisher Leanne Shapton are selected from original pages of her 2012 graphic novel Swimming Studies. The novel gathers fragments of text and imagery that together form a nuanced archive of Shapton’s experience as a competitive swimmer in her adolescence, her voluntary ‘retirement,’ and the transferral of discipline to an art practice. The Swimming Pools paintings form one complete chapter of Swimming Studies,
cataloguing in abstracted architectural form the 70 pools Shapton recalls swimming in.
Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian artist and writer. She lives and works in New York City.
Ink on paper
11.25 × 14 inches