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At home with the Locust People (Itchy feet)



Bonita Ely


17 Aug 1946 –

Alternate image of At home with the Locust People (Itchy feet) by Bonita Ely
Alternate image of At home with the Locust People (Itchy feet) by Bonita Ely
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    New York New York United States of America
    Media categories
    Mixed media painting , Painting
    Materials used
    oil and collage on canvas
    140.3 x 184.6 x 5.1 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, red oil "Bonita Ely".
    Dated u.r. corner verso on canvas, red oil "1974-75/ ...".

    Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 2015
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Bonita Ely/Copyright Agency

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    Bonita Ely

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  • About

    Since the early 1970s, Bonita Ely's work has explored cultural histories and human interaction with the natural world, focusing in particular on themes of environmental degradation. She produced 'At home with the Locust People (Itchy feet)' 1974-75 at a time when pollution and population were prominent issues. The central figures are mutant hybrids of human and locust anatomies. These vulgar creatures embrace precariously in a domestic setting, a gesture that conflates human behaviour with the 'gregarious phase' of locusts, in which they congregate into rapacious, mass-reproducing swarms with disastrous impacts on land fertility. Correspondingly, the view out the window beyond is bleak: a vast, unpopulated expanse which smoulders an ominous dirty-amber. The work is a cynical prediction of future environmental devastation, in which humans are both the victim and perpetrator.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    New York

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

Other works by Bonita Ely

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