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Sung Tieu on Mary Kelly

MARY KELLY, Post-Partum Document: Documentation VI, Prewriting Alphabet,

Exergue and Diary (detail), 1978, Perspex unit, white card, resin, slate, 18 units, 35.5 × 28 cm. 

Copyright the artist. Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, and Arts Council Collection.


It was serendipity that brought me to Post-Partum Document (1973–79), one of Mary Kelly’s most expansive works. I was 21 and studying political science and international relations. Disillusioned with my course, I would take regular train journeys from Dresden, where my university was, to my hometown, Berlin, in…

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