This is a folding screen fitted with plain translucent glass onto which the image of a proudly strutting peacock glows with its fanned tail filling the screen.

Collishaw often explores the ambiguous relationship between the erotic and the pornographic in his work. A decorative screen may be seen to have a duality of purpose, offering privacy but also the tantalising possibility of exposure. The peacock, beautiful, strutting and assertive, highlights the ambiguities of seduction, of hide and seek, of power and of submission.

Provenance

The artist.


Hunterian Art Gallery

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