The SeussIan Rock Drill

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Edition of 13 etchings on heavyweight cotton rag paper, with four deckled edges, hand finished with gold foil and beeswax.

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In a horrific continuation from the Vorticist sculptures of Jacob Epstein, this large format etching is split into two short editions; the first of 13, with a further special edition of 7 hand finished by the artist with additional gold leaf and gouache heraldry, and graphite finished landscapes.

"Sparkes inhabits the space between reality and illusion, between popular culture and scientific investigation, and creates a world in which everything is spliced, impaled and dissected. His treatment of each subject, be it a desolate landscape, a stranger’s face or a panting animal, is linear; each must have a layer stripped away and another created, and each must have its own complex interior exposed. It is, as Sparkes has said himself, “a fraudulent science”. To an extent he also plays with the idea of our disconnection with nature through, for example, portraying animal butchery as an idealistic cartoon scenario. In a world so preoccupied with superficial banality, Sparkes’ work, although initially appearing tongue-in-cheek, brings with it a more robust message of the conflict between the natural and mechanical worlds."

E.M. 2013

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