Composition No.1: A diagonal line

The Wanderers Cricket Club logbook; 1954-1966.
168 x 117 cm

The lean of a diagonal line, poised for movement, aptly unfolds with the records of motion, of sport – The Wanderers cricket club logbook. As the angle of the composition pushes our eyes forward, Francisca grounds them with the vertical lines of the logbook’s tables, which run straight down. These bright red lines widen and narrow with a movement that mirrors the rhythm of throwing and catching, creating a tension between direction and motion. Emerging from between the gridlines are the softly hand-written words of play – “bowled”, “out” – repeated with the emphasis of an umpire’s call. Begun with the words “played at…”, the line (the game) is drawn to a close with the inky and inevitably British “rain stopped play”.


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