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In the summer of 1988 Cragg completed thirty five etchings, including the five shown here. Four are from the 'Laboratory Still Life' series, in which Cragg's subject is still lifes of glass laboratory equipment. 'Six Bottles Large, State 1' belongs to another series in which Cragg depicts plastic bleach and dishwashing bottles, their pitted surfaces suggesting that decay affects man-made as well as natural objects. Both types of object evoke interference with nature. This is a central theme in his work because, as Cragg has stated, 'the quality and and nature of our environment ... is actually having a very direct effect on us, on our sensibilities, perhaps even our emotions and intellects'.

August 2004