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. This eponymous chapter of the book is made up entirely of gestural, abstract imagery of the body swimming.
Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian
artist and writer. She lives and works in New York City.
Ink on paper