The Crucible; Barry CLEAVIN; 1999; 1349

Name/Title

The Crucible

About this object

A flat desert-like landscape with a red sky. There are two figures riding donkeys; each walking toward a bowl at centre from the left and right edges. The 'ground' is patterned with an alligator skin-like texture; the upper sky is dark with a flock of crows.

Maker

Barry CLEAVIN

Date Made

1999

Date Made

2015

Medium and Materials

Soft-ground etching, aquatint and poupée on paper

Place Made

Portobello

Subject and Association Keywords

Environmentalism

Subject and Association Keywords

Desert/Landscape

Subject and Association Keywords

Pattern

Subject and Association Keywords

Animals/Birds

Subject and Association Description

This print is from a series concerned with genetic modification; the intense colour of the sky symbolises artificiality of this process, while the crows are an omen. The figure at left tempts the donkey forward with a carrot on a rod and string, while the figure at right, also riding a donkey, carries a sickle - a symbol of death. A crucible, the vessel at centre, is a container that can withstand high temperatures and is associated with metal and glass production. A crucible might also be interpreted as as difficult challenge or pivotal situation that forces change.

Named Collection

Dame Ann and John Hercus

Credit Line

Gifted by Ann and John Hercus in 2015

Object Type

Print

Object number

1349

Rights

All rights reserved

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