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Title

Root and branch

2016

Artist

eX de Medici

Australia

12 Apr 1949 -

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  • 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
    Copyright
    © eX de Medici
    Artist information
    eX de Medici

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

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