Swimming Studies, Postcards, The Islander, 2012

This postcard 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.

Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian author, artist, and publisher based in New York City. Shapton’s Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Her works have appeared in various publications such as The New York Times, Granta, and The New Yorker, and she teaches in the creating writing department at Columbia University School of the Arts. Shapton is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her latest book is Guestbook, a collection of short stories.

House paint on found postcard
Unique

Custom framing recommended in Natural Beveled Maple with artwork floated on archival mat board. Please see here for framing options and make a note of frame preference when checking out in the Order Comments.

$500.00