Lucy Skaer - Contemporary Artists

Diagram and Banners (Blood)

Diagram and Banners (Blood) The Saatchi Gallery
 

Lucy Skaer

Diagram and Banners (Blood)

2002
Enamel Paint on Paper

220 x 270 cm

The image of a dead man, taken from a newspaper report of a riot in Mexico, lies across the top of a large, banner-like sheet of unstretched paper. A red pool of blood runs from his head, through the pattern of a Chinese bowl, to a flipped image of the same figure beneath resting on a strange grouping of modular building blocks. To Skaer, the corpse represents "a naturally occurring image, the perfect likeness of the living person, and yet fundamentally different." Like the bowl, an object spanning generations of mortality, it is removed from its historical and geographical context to allow the artist to construct a new narrative on a new timescale.
 
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