United States (1899 -1977)
James Castle’s drawings and collages are as beautiful as they are enigmatic. Born deaf in rural Idaho at the end of the 19th century, Castle captured his daily life in hauntingly empty landscapes and farm scenes, not simply to pass the time, but because this was his only means of communicating with people. He used paper and materials like packing tape and cardboard made available to him by his parents, who worked as postmasters, as well as images culled from packages, magazines and other print sources. Drawing with a sharpstick dipped into a mix of soot and his own spit, he conjured the people and places he knew well with consistent simplicity and integrity that marks the entire scope of his oeuvre, from the smallest sketch to more complex, inventive constructions.