Robyn Denny b. 1930
T01523 Golem I 1957-58
Inscribed ‘Denny 57–8’ b.r. and ‘Robyn Denny “Golem 1”/5 ft. x8 ft.
1957–8’ on back of hardboard.
Paper collage and oil on hardboard, 59¾ x 96 (152.3 x 244).
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1972.
Denny told the compiler on 30 March 1972 that the word ‘Golem’ was an ancient Jewish term referring to the fabrication of a human form and consciousness, out of disconnected elements by a conscious agency. Traditionally the word has both mythological and technical meanings. He chose it deliberately because the term is rather obscure and thus the title could nor be recognised immediately as describing the content of the picture. He wanted to prevent the painting from being interpreted literarily. However, the title also refers to how in the picture the construction of unrelated collage elements achieves form and significance…