Notations #1

Detail of "Notations #1"



Notations 1 is based on the pages of my artist’s book Apuntes, which in English translates as notations. The pages of Apuntes and subsequent editions or Notations are made with photographic heat transfers on canvas and embroidery floss.

In each page or spread there is an image of a work of Greco-Roman figurative sculpture with a particular focus on cloth or hairdos as these were sculpted in marble between 2500 and 1800 years ago. The stitched drawing on top of each image is a diagram from Anni Albers book “On Weaving” where she presents a compendium of weaving or knitting techniques that have been known wherever records of early weaving and fibers survive all over the world.

In looking at Pre-modern texts at the Francisco de Burgoa Library in Mexico, I came across a book by Johannes Versor published in 1484. The book is an extensive commentary on Aristotle, a classic philosopher who lived over 1600 years before Versor wrote his commentary. All over its margins and even in the middle of pages, someone with perfect, tiny calligraphy wrote endless notations, made doodles and argued across time with both Aristotle and Versor. It is possible that this annotator lived around 300 or 400 years ago. My book Apuntes and the Notations editions came about after I first encountered Versor’s book at the Burgoa library.

As I complete this phase of my research in Mexico, I’m planning to continue in London, at the British Library, the British Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. I’ll continue to look at historic texts and textiles and draw (literally and metaphorically) form ancient works to understand how these palpably connect to contemporary forms of texts and textiles in art.


Dianna Frid is an artist who works on drawing, sculpture, installation and artistʼs books. Her works are both corporeal and philosophical reflections on the ways in which materials—physical and lexical—produce aesthetic and contemplative experiences and, by doing so, shape our sense of reality. Frid has received major awards from the Canada Council of the Arts. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at institutions such as PS1-MOMA, in New York, the Drawing Center in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Neues Kunstforum in Cologne. Her artistʼs books have been recently exhibited at Bravin Lee Programs in New York, and they are housed in public collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cleveland Clinic.

Dianna Frid was born in Mexico City and migrated to Canada with her family when she was a teenager. She currently lives in Chicago where she teaches in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to her studio work, Dianna Frid started to make artistʼs books in 1993 in Vancouver, and has used “The Artery Archives” as her imprint.


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