Spider's Leg at 400x (from Bugs Portfolio)

Gallaccio, Anya
This print is part of a portfolio, published by the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, with the aim of raising funds to provide bursaries to support Byam Shaw students from overseas. The ten artists responded to the theme of Bugs, set by the school's Principal, Alister Warman. The portfolio was conceived of as a sequel to an earlier print portfolio, , 'Nine London Birds', published by the school in 1994, and originally planned to refer specifically to insects found in London. Gallaccio's print offers an unsettling close-up view of a spider's leg where small hair have been transformed into an ethereal landscape. The original context has almost been removed by the extreme magnification, playing with the idea of scale in relation to our preconceptions about insects. In doing this Gallacio is highlighting the diverse nature of animal life. Steven Burridge
  • Artwork Details: 24.8 x 20.2cm
  • Edition: 20/90
  • Material description: silver gelatin print
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Anya Gallaccio. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015.
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  • Medium: Photograph
  • Accession number: ACC45/2001



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