ELIZABETH EMMA TOOTH

THE DRAWING OF THE MAN WITH FISH IN HIS EYES

A portrait of the artist's maternal grandfather.

 

HEREDITY is a collection of 19 remarkably detailed paintings and drawings by Emma Tooth, inspired by her own family history.

 

While working on her 2010 book, 'From Pigfarmers and Showgirls', she uncovered dark and sometimes violent family secrets; legends which moved her to look deeper, through dusty photo albums and forgotten family ephemera to try to understand her own heritage. Using these as source material she created a most evocative body of work.

 

"I discovered that when you are descended from Pig farmers and Showgirls, you can be anything you want to be"

 

PROJECT; HEREDITY

pencil on antique board

2011

48cm x 61cm

private collection

 

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