Gralloch 2007

Henry Coombes (born 1977, London, England, UK)

Henry Coombes was one of the six artists selected to represent Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Originally trained in film, he now uses a variety of media to produce apparently familiar and comfortable imagery which, on closer inspection, reveals itself to be of dark and subversive subject matter. In his work, Coombes makes particular reference to the society of rural Scotland and also to classical and Victorian art. This theme is continued with Gralloch in which a shot stag has a human face - as there is an actor 'in' its body, expressing the soul of the dying animal and projecting the pathos of the event to the audience. The film follows the Ghillie as he shoots then disembowels the stag, whilst inside its body a sad face peers out, lamenting its fate.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, 2008
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland 2007-2010 operated by the Scottish Arts Council.
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