Linden Gallery, St. Kilda Arts Centre, Melbourne 1995


Felicity Spear Re-inscription (detail)
(Oil on linen)

Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber, (c. 1602), the Spanish painter Juan Sanchez Cotan’s iconic painting, disappearing through the photocopier into another space. Bearing the traces of loss, fragmented and reproduced in another time through the play of light and a machine produced visibility.

‘The victor of the situation so to speak – there must have been a power struggle between the champions of History and the new painters of reality – was the frontal plane … there in the unity of an instant against the parceling out of the senses, a single aphasic time was created in which everything was said in perfect silence.’

From Still Life: A History, Pierre Skira. Page 72.