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. 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.
Ink on paper