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In the Tradition of Smiling Angels
Media: terracotta, gold lustre
Size: h(cm) : 78 x w(cm) : 50 when assembled x d(cm) : 2
Acquired: 2009; Purchase - ass. of Derek Williams Trust
Accession Number: NMW A 39104
'The Angels represent a grand presence. They are messengers, bringers of news, good or bad. They serve as a reminder of our mortality with a comforting presence. Terracotta is warm and has associations with the ground. It is ordinary and commonplace and therefore imparts a sense of belonging. This contrasts with the use of gold which carries meaning of high value and status. This work explores the idea of the importance of the ordinary existing alongside with the extraordinary' (Clare Curneen).