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Title

Attendants (after Schongauer)


Artist

Caroline Rothwell

England, Australia

1967 -


About

Caroline Rothwell's practice engages with the politics of place, migration, conflict and mortality through the lens of the environment. Her work often draws on the anatomy of endangered or extinct species, though she is equally known for creating mutant and hybrid forms that explore the impacts of biotechnology and environmental contamination. What may at first appear playful or innocent in Rothwell's work - shiny surfaces, toy-like contours, the allure of a flower or animal - are typically decoys for more ominous or unsettling subjects.

'Attendants (after Schongauer)' takes its cue from an early but influential engraving by German artist Martin Schongauer 'The Temptation of Saint Anthony' c1470s. This work depicts Saint Anthony in a state of calm while a group of devils claw and club his body, attempting to sabotage his pursuit of religious ascetism. Schongauer imagined these vicious creatures as fanciful hybrids with body parts amalgamated from different classes of animal - wings, horns, beaks, claws, scales and so on.

Rothwell's 'attendants' follow in the image of Schongauer's devils, mingling the grotesque and fantastic. However, her gathering of creatures is without an object of malice; perched on plinths (or suspended from above) among a grove of trees, they radiate a sinister but undirected energy. Hence they read as symbols - or perhaps symptoms - of a more general humanistic angst, perpetuated by the status quo of an increasingly unstable world: politically, environmentally, and economically.


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

2012


Media categories

Sculpture , Installation


Materials used

Britannia metal, hardware and plywood


Dimensions

a - Attendant (Max); 87.5 x 40 x 4.5 cm

b - Attendant (Molly); 77 x 39 x 3.5 cm

c - Attendant (Jake); 72 x 54 x 5.5 cm

d - Attendant (Sam); 55 x 70 x 4.5 cm

e - tree 1; 60 x 22 x 13 cm

f - tree 2; 53 x 14 x 14 cm

g - tree 3; 68.5 x 18 x 14 cm

h - box 1; 40 x 40 x 40 cm

i - box 2; 40 x 20 x 20 cm

j - box 3; 40 x 40 x 40 cm

k - box 4; 80 x 20 x 20 cm

l - box 5; 40 x 20 x 20 cm

m - box 6; 80 x 20 x 20 cm

n - box 7; 40 x 40 x 40 cm

o - box 8; 40 x 40 x 40 cm

p - box 9; 20 x 20 x 40 cm

q - box 10; 20 x 20 x 80 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2013 with the assistance of Peter Braithwaite, Andrew & Cathy Cameron, Michael Hobbs, Judy Soper, Alenka Tindale


Location

Not on display


Accession number

202.2013.a-q


Artist information

Caroline Rothwell

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Megan Backhouse., The Age, 'Caroline Rothwell: borderlands', Melbourne, 06 Oct 2012, n.pag. (illus.).

Anne Loxley, Caroline Rothwell: borderlands, Melbourne, 2012, n.pag. (colour illus.). online catalogue viewed 10.09.2013, http://archive.tolarnogalleries.com/archive/Caroline%20Rothwell %20Borderlands%202012/

Tolarno Galleries (Compilator), Caroline Rothwell: borderlands, Melbourne, 2012, n.pag. (illus.). cat.no. 9; priced $48,000