Birth of a Nation comprises of a suite of ten etchings using imagery that is adapted from classical mythology to a South African context of visuality. The series is characterised by a copper matrix drawn using a drypoint needle and a variety of roulette tools to build up an immensely detailed surface. Each of the ten etchings have an edition size of 30. Prints are only available as part of a set.
Death of Adonis
Is Adonis an identifiable individual or is he meant to represent a type? “The figure of Adonis dying in the arms of Aphrodite is based on a drawing by Rubens in the British Museum, he is not intended to be seen as a specific individual. I was more interested in the play between classical figure arrangement and more erratic and fantastical group that threatens them.” – DV, September 2014.