These postcards by illustrator, author and publisher Leanne Shapton relate to her 2012 graphic novel Swimming Studies and Shapton’s complex relationship with swimming. 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 her honed discipline to an art practice. The extensive collection of these postcards testifies to Shapton’s repetitive and patient practice, at the same time cataloguing the ways in which pools and the activity of swimming are embedded within western cultures of vacation and recreation.
Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian artist and writer. She lives and works in New York City.
House paint on found postcard
3.25 × 5.25 inches