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Lot 248
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form
  • Cecily Sash; Bird Form

Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
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About this Item

South African 1924-2019
Bird Form
c.1979
signed in pencil in the margin
mixed media with collage on paper
84 by 59cm excluding frame; 92,5 by 57,5 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.

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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