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Rosengarten 2004

Anne Bevan (born 1965, Scotland, UK), Janice Galloway (born 1956, Scotland, UK)

Rosengarten
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Copyright: Copyright Janice Galloway and Anne Bevan; Photos Michael Wolchover and Anne Bevan

Anne Bevanís work frequently looks at things which are otherwise invisible, out of sight or hard to see, or else things in everyday life which, through over-familiarity we tend not to examine too closely. Rosengarten was initially conceived by Bevan, who is based in Scotland, as a series of nine individual but related works which would accompany the launch of an exhibition of the same title, created in collaboration with the writer, Janice Galloway. Bevan and Galloway, who have worked together on a number of occasions, researched the work with a number of important medical historic collections and leading contemporary obstetricians and teams. The nine specially made Perspex-topped light boxes contain beautifully shaped and crafted forms. The very precision and fragility of these forms, in glass, plastic and a number of natural substances including mother-of-pearl and sponge, transforms them from being clinically functional (and, because of their origins, frequently somewhat frightful) into artworks of great beauty; fully acknowledging the metallic and cold forms of the man-made instruments from which they take their inspiration, but emerging, through the creative process, to take on a richer, more poetic and metaphorical countenance; Rosengarten reflects powerfully the human and tender emotions of mother and baby which run parallel to the literally hard and often interventive experience of modern childbirth. The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow holds the medical collections gathered by its founder, William Hunter (1718 Ė 1783), one of the leading obstetricians of the 18th century. When Rosengarten was first shown, the Hunterian was able to show, in many instances for the first time, a number of Hunterís own medical instruments. The rich insights offered into an important but otherwise un-exhibited part of the Hunterianís own collections through juxtaposition with Rosengarten have proved highly influential in the subsequent development of permanent displays of the Museumís medical collections.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from the artist, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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