Artist's description:

This engraving was made in 2002 at the end of the war in the Balkans when there was still high tension in the region with the real threat of further conflagration. Out of the mouth of the figure in the engraving are coming sonic inscriptions – graphic incantations which could be either prayers for peace or utterances which generate division and war, as if made of barbed wire. Is the figure praying or getting ready to shoot a gun?

An earlier title of this engraving was Precarius, from the Latin 'precari'- ‘to pray’, which is at the root of both our word ‘precarious’ and also ‘prayer’, suggesting the ambiguity and tension of that situation poised on the edge of war.

The print was exhibited at the 6th Triennale Mondiale d’Estampes, France, in October/November 2003, and in two solo exhibitions in October 2007: The Driven Line at Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford, UK, and The Driven Line at Lessedra, Lessedra Gallery and Contemporary Art Projects, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Materials used:

Steel burin engraving on copper plate printed on Somerset Soft White 250gsm

The Prayer (2002)


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This artwork is sold by Barry Cottrell from United Kingdom

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