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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2015.1.6
Object Name Print
Description "Snake House," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," mezzotint and chine-collé by Sean Caulfield. Edition: 1/30.

Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 2004.5.2, Timber Rattlesnake, 1731, hand-colored lithograph by Mark Catesby

Artist Statement: Mark Catesby's Timber Rattlesnake is an outstanding example of scientific illustration from the Enlightenment, and reveals the artist's keen sense of observation. In response to this work, I created a print that was decidedly unscientific in quality, and which turns more to the Romantic sensibility of artists like Goya and Blake than to the scientific language of a naturalist artist. I created a mysterious image in which the "snakes" are intended to have a shifting and open reading. Indeed, it is unclear if they are in fact snakes at all, or if they are merely plants and twigs which have been transformed into snakes by the anxiety of the viewer .
Title Snake House, from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum
Date 2014
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Caulfield, Sean
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique mezzotint, chine-colle
Dimensions H-20.125 W-15 inches
Credit line Gift of the artist
Place of Origin US
Subjects Tents
Snakes
Environment
Abstraction
Mezzotints
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