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Ram Mount

ArtistPeter Madden
Production Date2004
Mediumfound object & found images
Size300 x 250 x 200 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Accession Date18 Nov 2004
Accession NoC2004/1/27/2
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2004


Sue Gardiner writes of Peter Madden: "In his secret and possibly idealist worlds there is a marriage between danger, romanticism, strangeness, reason and sentiment... the fear of catastrophe is always delicately balanced by beauty." Madden's sentimental surrealism recalls the work of Joseph Cornell. In Ram Mount a kitschy plastic animal head, a trophy on a heraldic wall plaque, has been feminised and gothicised with the addition of long eyelashes, blackened eyes and black tears - it's a little Marilyn Manson. No horns are visible, seemingly usurped by a crown of nesting trompe l'oeil butterflies. These images have been cut from encyclopedia plates and folded to resemble real butterflies, although alternative texts on their undersides give the game away. (Snake Oil, 2005)


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