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Title: Ipsey Wipsey spider

Media: screenprint and collage on paper




This print sets up a tension between two languages: simple abstract shapes associated with a Modernist aesthetic versus a simple reference to popular culture: the text of the nursery rhyme Ipsey Wipsey Spider. In this print, the simple narrative of the children's song is used as a metaphor for and visual device of fusion, with fragments of printed text joining the two abstract fields of red. The stoic simplicity of the gesture stands out in contrast to the whimsical nature of the text, a disjunction that brings out the humour in the piece.



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