Textiles, wire, gesso, suede leather, watercolor
A sculpture of a boy lying in a fetal position. He is wearing shorts and a hat made from patched together suede leather and a short cape of crocheted gold yarn. This work is to be shown at Salford University’s window Gallery in October 2021 in the exhibition Shadows and Bones, a collaborative show of work by Teresa Wilson and Julie Howse.
The starting point for the work was the archaeological discovery of the grave of a Bronze Age boy wearing a gold cape in Wales during the 19th Century. The story of the boy is told in the BBC Radio 4 series The History of the world in 100 Objects and is known as The Gold Cape. The original cape is made from a piece of finely worked gold sheet. The story has a mysterious element because of the eerie reputation of the hill site where it was found. Before the grave was discovered local people were afraid of the place because of visions of a ghost boy that appeared wearing a gold cape!
64 x 30 x 18 cm
Hand-signed by artist
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