Social insects, Number three from the suite 'All day workshop', a suite of four lithographs
This series was inspired by the posters of Russian constructivist, Alexander Rodchenko and reflect Floyd’s interests in ideas of community and Utopian thinking. Each work relates to a kind of collective organisation – from beekeeping to Australia’s first Utopian community, Herrnhut Commune, established in Victoria in 1852.
Emily Floyd is inspired by typography and graphic design – as a consequence much of her work has a strong graphic sensibility well-suited to printmaking. She often invents her own fonts in the spirit of avant-garde experimental typography as in Dada, Bauhaus and Constructivism – in these prints the title is included in text that serves as a pictorial device within the image.
The prints were commissioned by the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne in 2012, as part of a series of commissions and exhibitions (‘Catalyst: new and selected limited edition prints by six leading Australian artists’) to mark the workshop’s 30th anniversary. Working with senior master printer Martin King, Floyd produced this series of four colour lithographs.
colour lithograph on ivory wove paper
95.0 x 67.0 cm image; 105.0 x 75.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed with initials l.r. corner, pencil "EF". Not dated.
Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2015
Not on display
© Emily Floyd
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Catalyst: Emily Floyd, Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy, 02 Jun 2012–23 Jun 2012
Sleep on the left side, Seven Art Ltd, 19 Dec 2012–13 Jan 2013
Emily Floyd: far rainbow, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 15 Mar 2014–13 Jul 2014
Emily Floyd: the dawn, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 21 Nov 2014–01 Mar 2015
Australian art and the Russian avant-garde, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Jul 2017–29 Oct 2017
Referenced in 4 publications
Sue Cramer, Emily Floyd: far rainbow, Melbourne, 2014, 20 (colour illus.), 36, 38, 47 (colour illus.), 75. another impression
Jane Devery, Emily Floyd: the dawn, Melbourne, 2014, 8, 14 (colour illus.), 57. another impression
Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Almanac, Sydney, May 2014, Cover (colour illus.).
unknown author., The Age, Emily Floyd in 'The best of art' section, the (Melbourne) magazine, Melbourne, Jun 2012.