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Title

Root and branch

2016


Artist

eX de Medici

Australia

12 Apr 1949 -


About

Concerned with power and its representation, ex de Medici brings a contemporary perspective to the vanitas tradition – that is, still life as an allegory for the brevity and transience of life. Her finely executed watercolours incorporate close observation of the natural world with military objects such as machine guns, helmets and surveillance technology. 'Root and branch' 2016 depicts a luger pistol sprouting with native lichens, the delicate beauty of the organic growth counterpointed against the unyielding metal of the gun. The composition takes its cue from natural history drawing, with the addition of a secondary, sprouting twig on the blank sheet to the right of the weapon, and the fastidious miniaturist painting style.


Details


Date

2016


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour, gouache on paper


Dimensions

100.0 x 115.0 cm sheet; 112.5 x 128.3 x 7.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by Paul & Valeria Ainsworth Charitable Foundation, Kathleen Buchan an May Bequest Fund and the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors Fund 2017


Location

Not on display


Accession number

177.2017


Artist information

eX de Medici

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history