Tim Head
Deep Freeze 1987

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Tim Head born 1946
Deep Freeze
Date 1987
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2136 x 1526 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1987
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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