The Hare with Amber Eyes
Objects take on a life of their own when they leave the creators hands. They are no longer the responsibility of the artist (craftsman) – they move through history, out living their custodians, moving on through history and catastrophe. They are survivors.
Tiny and tactile the netsuke are “small, tough explosions of exactitude.” Their story spans cultures and continents. They were originally the possessions (the collection) of the Ephrussis, wealthy Jewish grain traders who spread from Russia to the important, wealthy capitals of Europe – their empire finally being destroyed by the Nazis.
These objects tell a fascinating story about the way the world has been molded by the need for commodities and trade, greed, war and jealousy.
Art is a commodity, a product of capitalism.
Nude (woodcut print) This series of woodcuts is still available to purchase with a few more remaining. Originally exhibited in the 150 Building at West Buckland School in North Devon during June and July 2011. This woodcut is printed over … Continue reading →