Elizabeth Blackadder, ‘Easter Still Life’, 1972, The Scottish Gallery

Easter Still Life is made of a collaged sheet of textured, Japanese paper which forms the ‘table top’ for the still life. Two patterned Easter eggs are the only apparent reference to the title of the work, while the dominant motif is the arrow thrusting in from the right side of the composition. It is an early example of what will become her preeminent subject: the still life on which her objects float, flat or solid, standing out or receding but always remaining enigmatic, between real and symbolic.

Signature: signed and dated lower left

Edinburgh Ten 30, The Scottish Arts Council, travelling exhibition, 1975; Elizabeth Blackadder exhibition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 1972, cat.14; Edinburgh Festival Exhibition, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2000

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