Modern and Contemporary Art

Timed Online Auction, 3 - 11 April 2023

Impression/Expression

Sold for

ZAR 7 622
Lot 147
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form


Lot Estimate
ZAR 8 000 - 12 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 7 622

About this Item

South African 1924-2019
Bird Form
circa 1979

signed in pencil in the margin

mixed media with collage on paper
84 by 59cm excluding frame; 92,5 by 67,5 by 2cm including frame

Notes

"The bird had long since been an anthropomorphic motif for Sash and when she found a baby buzzard dead in a pond she felt she had the ideal image through which she could channel both her own despair [at the death of her close friend and mentor Professor Heather Martienssen in 1979, and her ongoing sense of loss after leaving South Africa to go into exile in 1974] as well as her world view. In a macabre move, she hung the bird in her studio ... For Sash, the spacial discontinuity of the bird's form, its dislocated wings and broken skeletal structure, matched the symbolic displacement she attached to the opposing forces of 'victor' [it is a predator] and 'vanquished' [it has become a victim].1

1. Charles MacCarthy (ed) (2013) Cecily Sash: Artist and Teacher, Presteigne: Studio Sash, page 36-37.

Cecily Sash exhibited at the Venice Biennale, South African Pavilion in 1964 and 1966.

Literature

Charles MacCarthy (2013) Cecily Sash: Artist and Teacher, Presteigne: Studio Sash, other examples from the same series illustrated in black and white on page 36.

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