The Captive for Derby Museum and Art Gallery by Emma Tooth

The Captive for Derby Museum and Art Gallery by Emma Tooth


The Captive (Don't Count The days - Make the Days Count)
Emma Tooth

Oil on canvas 2012
size: 91.5cm x 122cm

Commissioned by Derby Museum and Art Gallery for their permanent collection.

As part of their Joseph Wright Festival and his 275th birthday celebrations and as part of the "Cultural Olympiad" in 2012, Derby Museum and Art Gallery commissioned the new work to be unveiled alongside their newly-refurbished Joseph Wright gallery.

Following her dual exhibition with Joseph Wright in 2010, the Museum were very keen to add a piece of Emma's work to their collection. This piece references Wright's painting also entitled The Captive, but this modern reworking shows a young man full of potential going to waste infront of his TV screen, lit and held captive by the bland banality projected into his home.

"Tooth has here painted a bleak portrait of the state of torpor of the contemporary human trapped inside the recoding of Plato’s cave as an electronic Aladdin’s cavern of endless visual stimulation that leads only to numbness, paralysis and inactivity."Read more

Read about The Captive on Wikipedia

The model is champion Bboy, RawB whom Emma met when he danced with his team Bad Taste Cru at her Concilium Plebis show in 2009.