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Walter Oltmann

Collected I

Collected I

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Title: Collected I
Medium: Seven colour, chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 60 x 51 cm
Image size: 44 x 38 cm
Edition size: 25

In the lithographs Collected I & II the relationship between humans and insects is explored. Human hand bones are carefully arranged among a collection of insects. The composition recalls the collections of entomologists or museum displays.  The image of the human hand as tool or as instrument of human contact has often featured in Oltmann’s work.  The print titled Chafers presents a collection of fruit chafers. Here Oltmann plays with the word “chafe” and its connotations of irritation, a lack of comfort and the potential of threat.

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