The Cushion (2012)
Etching / Engraving by Rosie Scribblah


  • Etching / Engraving, Paper
  • From a limited edition of 150
  • Size: 7.48 × 7.48 in (unframed) / 3.74 × 3.74 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the front

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Rosie Scribblah

United Kingdom

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Surrounded by symbolism, the interplay of shadows describes the form of the nude. This is an etching of one of the female models I work with and is developed from a nude study drawn with Renaissance materials, inspired by artwork I did for a television series about da Vinci.

This type of etching allows me to translate my line drawings into a more permanent medium. It gives me the freedom to be as expressive as I like and to draw using a fast, energetic style. The fact that I am taking a drawing onto another stage of development means I can introduce additional elements of design. The objects on the wallpaper behind the figure look like a a simple decorative pattern at first.

Look closer and you can see that they are skulls and petroglyphic animals, redolent of the brief life of the individual versus human culture; which can last for tens of thousands of years.

One of the main reasons we create art is to attempt to live beyond our allotted life span in some way. This coupled with the enormous emotional impact death has on the lives of each and every one of us at some time makes it a massive subject.

Here I am also recalling the Memento Mori, a tradition in European [and latterly American] art, dating back to Roman times, where the viewer is reminded that death is the inevitable consequence of life, typically by including a skull.

Materials used:

A photopolymer steel plate etching, etched and each hand-printed by the artist using oil pigment onto BFK Rives cotton rag paper

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