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Print - Poetry of a Drought

Poetry of a Drought

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Australia (made)

  • Date:

    1997 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bot, G. W. (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linocut on chine collé using an overlay of mulberry paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist and the Hart Gallery, London

  • Museum number:

    E.2318-1997

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 290

Chrissy Grishin is an Australian artist who took the nom de plume Grand Wom Bot (Wombat) in accordance with aboriginal belief in an individual’s totemic relationship to a particular plant or animal. Though she is not aboriginal herself, her work manifests a deep affinity with the Australian landscape and natural world.

This print is one of series inspired also by the tapestries in the Musée de Cluny, Paris, in which a unicorn, symbolising Christ, is loved and protected by a lady in a beautiful garden but is also victim and sacrifice. Bot knits this myth with her own experience of maternity and loss and the Australian landscape.

The overall image is of a maternal figure, criss-crossed with patterns suggesting fine needlework, but also the mark-making of aboriginal artists. Sometimes these patterns suggest fields, cracked and dried, with the occasional leafless tree or shrub. The figure is at once part of the landscape, a kind of monument within it, and separate, standing outside it.

Physical description

The outline of a maternal gown almost completely fills the picture space, straight sided and unbelted, with rounded shoulders and long sleeves. It is criss crossed and surrounded with patterns which suggest both minute and delicate stitching but also field patterns occasionally broken into by a variation recalling a tree, shrub or animal. The overall colouring is yellowish with monochrome patterning

Place of Origin

Australia (made)

Date

1997 (made)

Artist/maker

Bot, G. W. (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Linocut on chine collé using an overlay of mulberry paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated in pencil G.W.Bot and numbered 1/25

Dimensions

Height: 76.5 cm sheet, Width: 56.5 cm sheet

Descriptive line

G.W.Bot (Chrissy Grishin): Linocut print on chine collé of a monumental female figure filling most of the picture space.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink; Mulberry paper

Techniques

Linocut; Chine collé

Subjects depicted

Maternity; Drought

Categories

Myths & Legends; Prints; Tapestry

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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