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Artist: Simon Attwood
Title: Constellation
Medium: Single colour linocut
Paper size: 57 x 76 cm
Date: 2020
Edition size: 25

"Constellation is a print of a side-striped jackal. The reference that I used to compose the piece came from an image of a jackal caught on a camera trap at night near my family’s home in Mpumalanga. I had fun with the interaction between light and dark in the composition, using white points against a pitch black background to reveal an animal’s accidental self-portrait. The photograph that this image comes from is also important to me because I shared it with my grandmother before she died. She was delighted with the ghostly image of this sly nocturnal canine. After her death, I composed this linocut as a way of tying up an important chapter in my life and of sharing an image that I delight in. Upon close inspection, the creature fades into a fictional constellation of stars just as memories of my grandmother fade into a nonsensical constellation of highlights upon close inspection."  Simon Attwood, 2020

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