Arms!

Corin Sworn (1976 - )

giclee print, newspaper, water colour and gouache on paper

2012
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: France
    City: Paris
    Place: British Embassy

    A friend suggested that I read ‘Landscape For a Good Woman’ by the sociologist Carol Steedman. The Glasgow Women’s Library was the only public library with it in their holdings – so off I went to borrow that copy.


    Steedman examines her own upbringing in working class London in order to point out the inadequacies of various theoretical lenses used to study marginal figures. In reflection of her work, ‘Arms!’ plays with layering to suggest the loss of the specific in amassing the multiple.

    (Corin Sworn)


    Carol Steedman is a British social and cultural historian whose research explores labour, gender, class, language and childhood in British modern history. Her book, Landscape for a Good Woman was published in 1986.

  • About the artist
    Born in London, Corin Sworn studied Psychology and Art History at the University of British Columbia; and Integrated Media at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. She completed her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2009. She has held residencies at the Bauhaus in Dessau; and at the LUX in London. Solo exhibitions of Sworn's work include shows at the Tramway, Glasgow (2010); Tate Britain (2011); and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2011). In 2013, her commissioned work 'The Rag Papers' was shown at Chisenhale Gallery; and that year she co-represented Scotland at the Venice Biennial along with Hayley Tompkins and Duncan Campbell as part of Scotland + Venice 2013.
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  • Details
    Title
    Arms!
    Edition
    Number 20 in an edition of 20
    Date
    2012
    Medium
    giclee print, newspaper, water colour and gouache on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 56 cm; width: 40.7 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Glasgow Women's Library, with funds raised from print sales from the Robson Orr TenTen Award, a GAC/Outset Annual Commission, March 2020
    Inscription
    verso: signed by the artist ' 20/20 2012', bottom right
    Provenance
    Glasgow Women's Library, Glasgow, UK; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection
    GAC number
    18884