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Morag Shaw

Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design

“Let’s Say the world divides into those who want to be right, and those who want to be interesting. The Right usually have an eye on instrumental power over man and over nature. The rightness is a means to that power. The interesting wish to charm, beguile, teach, astound, influence, outrage, confuse. Which power they possess is predicated on a renunciation of actual, instrumental power.” Momus.

These large scale woodblock prints and cut out woodblocks portray a transitional, immanent world in which human and animal, predator and prey, weak and powerful, vulnerable and protective, momentarily enter a ‘becoming’ – to use the terminology of Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Behind these works lie diverse human relationships and the increasingly ambiguous place of man in relation to other animals. As in the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and the briar patch, the interesting usually have the last word.