Anya GallaccioSpider's Leg at 400 x 2000

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Anya Gallaccio (born 1963)
Spider's Leg at 400 x
Date 2000
MediumPhotograph, silver gelatin print on paper
Dimensionsimage: 246 x 202 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2001
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


Anya Gallaccio's silver gelatin print, entitled Spider's Leg at 400x, invokes the spirit of scientific enquiry. Reminiscent of how often a child's first encounter with a microscope prompts a search for dead insects to magnify, the print offers an unsettlingly close-up view of a spider's leg. Small hairs metamorphose into an otherworldly, densely forested landscape. Gallaccio's work is one of a portfolio of ten prints collectively entitled Bugs. The portfolio was published by the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Produced as a fundraiser, the proceeds from the portfolio sales were dedicated to providing bursaries to support Byam Shaw students from overseas, particularly those from Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and India. The works in the portfolio use various printmaking processes and share an insect theme which has been interpreted in diverse ways. The theme was set by the school principal, Alister Warman… (read more)

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