Flowers are with us in the best and worst of times. They commemorate a milestone, console a loss, betray the changing of seasons and wilt, a harbinger of disease. In his series of flowers, acclaimed Jewish-Australian artist Victor Majzner considers this brevity of symbolism. He reflects that “Flowers play a significant part in every human rite of passage”.
In ‘First Light’, a European flower blooms above the Australian landscape, a disembodied hand and hat emanating from its core. This is a metaphor for the European colonisation of Aboriginal peoples: “Even the gift of flowers can be treacherous”, says Majzner. There is also a warning here to heed the threat humans pose against the environment.
The presence of a hat links to Majzner’s Jewish heritage. Not only have migrant Jewish communities been the backbone of the garment industry, but the artist also perceives an analogy between concealing clothing and the Jewish experience.
‘First Light’, which recalls a tarot card, foretells of good and bad tidings. It reminds of a violent history, while proffering some optimism. The sun rises each morning on a new day, a day where we can begin to heal the wounds inflicted by our history.
An accomplished artist, Majzner is represented in numerous public collections, including at the National Gallery of Australia, the National of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. For collectors of surrealist and socially conscious art, let ‘First Light’ open your collection’s horizons.
Victor MAJZNER (1945 - )
'First Light' 1991
screenprint on paper
Edition of 40
Image Size: 67 x 48 cm
Dimensions: 76 x 56 cm
Signed: Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil in margin below image: 22/40 First Light V. Majzner 1991
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.
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