Maggi Hambling

Mud Dream 1


Not on display

Maggi Hambling born 1945
Ink on paper
Support: 510 × 359 mm
Presented by the artist 1990

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On the night of 4 August 1990 Maggi Hambling had a very significant dream and the following morning she made these seven drawings which externalise her dream experience. She found herself lying on the ground and yellow, gritty, liquid mud began to approach her at an alarming rate from all directions. She knew the mud meant death and she had no choice but to accept it. The mud engulfed her whole body, her nose, mouth and eyes and she died, yet she carried on dreaming and remained alive. Hambling felt it to be a very positive dream about death because she accepted it without fear and found there was a dimension beyond.
This drawing was chosen by Shena Mackay.

Gallery label, September 2004

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