Tim Head Deep Freeze 1987

Artwork details

Artist
Tim Head born 1946
Title
Deep Freeze
Date 1987
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2136 x 1526 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1987
Reference
T04932
Not on display

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The patterns in this work are derived from frozen cuts of meat but also from sections through brains and chromosome diagrams. This is one of a series of works in which Head dealt with man's intervention in the natural environment through, for example, genetic engineering and corporate advertising. Head was commenting on the way daily life is made acceptable by packaging and presentation. What interested him was the way an image could be simplified so that, while instantly recognisable as a piece of meat, it bore little relationship to the original. The colours and the title of the paintings allude to frozen products. Head also commented that he found the process of contemporary food production 'quite chilling'.

September 2004

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