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. Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critic's Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012.
Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian artist and writer. She lives and works in New York City. She has authored many critically acclaimed books including, Was She Pretty?, Women In Clothes, Toys Talking, Swimming Studies, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, and Sunday Night Movies. She is also a partner in the New York/Atlanta based publisher, J&L Books.
House paint on found postcard
3.25 × 5.25 inches