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Sylvia Plath Drawings

I have always been a huge admirer of Sylvia Plath's poetry and when I studied English Literature at A Level we read her novel 'The Bell Jar'. This book had a huge impact on my way of viewing things. I was in a bookshop last week and I came across 'Sylvia Plath Drawings'. This book taught me that Plath's deepest source of inspiration was art. While her writing is celebrated throughout the world, her drawings are little known.

The drawings in the book have been created with pen and ink and are observed from period of her life. It shows intimate portraits of Ted Hughes, trees and churches. These drawings are contextualised by letter and diary entries about her art.

For now I will leave you with some of my favourite pieces from the book.




'A sketch of Ted Hughes'

The aspects of her work that I find beautiful is her use of mark-making and ability to create form through the use of mark. She is able to capture domestic setting and everyday life and make it intimate. However as a viewer, knowing about her tragic end, it only makes the work more poignant and dramatic. 

All these images were sourced online and are from 'Sylvia Plath Drawings'. 



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