Ian Hamilton Finlay
Propaganda for the Wood Elves [collaboration with Harvey Dwight] 1981

Artwork details

Ian Hamilton Finlay 1925–2006
Propaganda for the Wood Elves [collaboration with Harvey Dwight]
Date 1981
Medium Photograph, black and white, on paper
Dimensions Image: 210 x 148 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Not on display

Catalogue entry

P07926 Propaganda for the Wood Elves 1981

Photograph 8 1/4 × 5 13/16 (210 × 148)
Not inscribed
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1983

Made in collaboration with Harvey Dwight from a photograph set up and taken in Finlay's garden at Little Sparta. In conversation with the compiler the artist described the image as ‘an enigmatic emblem. Visual paradox is one mode of an emblem’, adding that it referred to traditional German tree-worship and the violence of nature.

This and the following entries [P07625-P07634 and P07645-P07647] have all been approved by the artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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