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Title

Derangement

2010

Artist

Suzanne Archer

Australia, England

17 Dec 1945 -

Alternate image of Derangement by Suzanne Archer
Alternate image of Derangement by Suzanne Archer
Alternate image of Derangement by Suzanne Archer
Alternate image of Derangement by Suzanne Archer
Alternate image of Derangement by Suzanne Archer
Alternate image of Derangement by Suzanne Archer
Alternate image of Derangement by Suzanne Archer
Alternate image of Derangement by Suzanne Archer
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Wedderburn Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    2010
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    ink, charcoal, pastel on two sheets of white paper
    Dimensions
    173.3 x 207.5 cm sheet; overall; 187.0 x 218.0 x 6.1 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, white pastel "ARCHER '10".

    Credit
    Gift of the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    10.2011
    Copyright
    © Suzanne Archer. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Dobell Prize for Drawing
    Winner - 2010
    Artist information
    Suzanne Archer

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  • About

    'Derangement' is a self-portrait of the artist in her studio. It reflects Archer's developing awareness of her own mortality. In 2002 Archer was searching for a new subject when she was given the opportunity to visit and draw in the Dissection Laboratory of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. She returned there periodically until 2005, to make observational drawings of horse dissection in order to inform her studio work. The 'Disturbance series', to which this drawing belongs, developed later, and included skulls and bones collected near her bush studio and specimens given to her by her friends.

    'I have used as my subject some of the inanimate animals that hang, stand on shelves or sit in cabinets in my studio. They are either the real specimens or the sculptural interpretations of them which are often used as props for my work or in the case of the sculptures also exhibited in their own right. The most recent works have incorporated the uneasy element of my self-portrait. I am interested in the odd juxtaposition of my own cut-off head with the animal images, in the emotional reaction that it engenders in the viewer.' (Suzanne Archer, 2010).

    With her fascination for animal carcasses and skeletons, Archer joins a long tradition of artists – from Rembrandt and Chardin to the Dutch and Flemish painters of still lifes, and, more recently, Soutine, Bacon and Damien Hirst – who have striven for equivalent materiality of expression through paint, sculpture or graphic media.

    This work won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2010 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2010.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 11 publications

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