The work is part of the artist's continuing Plumb Line Series and is one of a select group of works employing Sinopia pigment, a reddish iron oxide, widely used in Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages. During the Renaissance, it was often used by artists for initial underdrawings for frescos and paintings. Later the word Sinopia or sinoper came to be used both for a preparatory drawing and for the pigment itself. The name originates from the city of Sinop, now located in Turkey.; Here an extract from an essay by Susan Morris entitled: 'Drawing in the Dark / Involuntary Drawing' published in Tate Papers and available online ISSN 1753-9854 :'...I took out another roll of paper, extended it across the length of my studio (which is four metres long), and tacked it to the wall. I took a spirit level, a hammer and a plumb bob filled with black pigment made from the ash of vines. With the spirit level I drew a line across the length of the paper, close to its upper edge. On this line I hammered in a nail, attached the plumb bob and unwound the string. I waited for gravity to make itself master then flicked the string, now coated with vine ash, so that it hit the paper and made a mark. I repeated this process, following the horizontal pencil mark, and slowly covered the paper with vertical lines, some heavy with ash, some faint as the plumb bob's hollow chamber emptied. Some lines showed evidence of a string that was fraying; a broken string produced abrupt changes in the type of line recorded. Accumulating horizontally, and emerging alongside the sequence of tightly packed vertical lines over which I tried to maintain some sort of control, these irregularities hovered in an unexpected pattern across the paper to create a drawing that had essentially drawn itself, that had fallen or was cast from a body that fluctuated between 'I' and that which 'I' had no hold upon.

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Bartha Contemporary was founded by Swiss-German couple Niklas and Daniela von Bartha in January 2000. The gallery relocated to its
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