Lucy Skaer's work explores time, mortality, photographic imagery, history and chaos, crossing media, including drawing, painting and, increasingly, sculpture. 'Leonora (The Tyrant)' is part of a series of works centred upon the Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington and the name of a Tarot card. It was shown in the Scottish Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale as part of an installation 'Pith and Kernel'. The work consists of an oak table inlaid on the surface with mother-of-pearl images of grasping hands suggesting contrasting themes of Empire, conflict, living decay and beauty with echoes of Surrealism. Skaer describes her work as 'something to do with where those materials originally came from, and how they came to be associated with British antique furniture, all these tropical hardwoods and Pacific mother-of-pearl shell. I wanted the table to reflect the tyrannical stages of early colonialism'.
- Artwork Details: 72 x 76 x 49cm
- Material description: oak table with inlaid mother of pearl
- Credit line: © the artist
- Accession number: ACC4/2007