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- Object: Jael and Sisera 1
A man, Sisera, lying on mattress wearing Dolce and Cabana (sic) briefs, a woman, Jael, is on top of him trying to hammer a tent peg into his temple with a small mallet, behind her a monkey pulls back a transparent curtain. 2007
Etching and aquatint
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Height: 197 millimetres
Width: 248 millimetres
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- Some notes on Jael and Sisera 1& 2 by the artist:
Sometime ago I saw Rembrandt's wonderful pen and ink drawing of Jael lustily hammering a tent peg through Sisera's temple. Typically for Rembrandt, the focus was on Jael's very feminine way of concentrating not on the murder in hand but on hitting that nail on the head. I particularly liked how the angularity of the pen and ink line emphasised the brutal subject matter. Etching is a medium made for drama and darkness, and very suitable, I felt, to try out this combination.
I like portraying these heroines (see also Lot and his daughters 1&2) as ordinary women whose conspirational 'a girl has to do what a girl has to do' look, places the scene resolutely in the present. Props like stripey beach screens and Calvin Klein briefs, mixed with objects as found in genre painting, give the image an eclectic source of reference.
My definition of etching lies somewhere bewtween cooking and concocting a witches brew. I always work on several plates at the same time to keep my momentum going, it equally gives me the chance to play around with certain effects from one plate to anorther, choosing copper or zinc as the mood takes me.
As a painter I like to counterbalance the harsh bitten lines with the poetry of aquatint and I especially love using spit-bite, the danger and unpredictability of that method being part of its appeal.
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