If I Lay on my Back…

‘Naked 9’ 2014 by Mark Andrew Webber. Monoprint. © The artist.

Monoprints by Mark Andrew Webber
6th Oct – 29th Nov 2014

The exhibition, If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women, is Mark Andrew Webber’s response to prose poems by Jacqueline Saphra, published as the pamphlet of the same title by The Emma Press.

Webber’s prints, displayed alongside lines from one of the prose poems, are all inspired by moments in the poems, from the crafty stepmother showboating at parties (‘Naked 12’) to the paint-snob stepfather (‘Naked 24’). The striking silhouettes and brightly coloured shapes complement the vivid, eerie atmosphere of Saphra’s poems, a watchful child’s perspective on the eccentric comings and goings of parents and step-parents.

A launch of the book If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women and a performance by Jacqueline Saphra, with specially composed series of musical ‘miniatures’ for cello and piano by Benjamin Tassie, was held at the Poetry Café, London, on Monday 24th November 2014, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

You can listen to a specially recorded version of the performance, with Corentin Chassard on cello and Siwan Rhys on piano.  The recording was made possible with funding from The Bliss Trust and the PRS.

If I Lay on my Back… won the ‘Best Collaborative Work’ in the Saboteur Awards 2015.