This etching by Sir Terry Frost RA has been selected for 'Emergence & Transformation', since it seems to embody the strange feeling of Time being in limbo during lockdown, when the days merged into a continuum of sameness. In lockdown the hours stretched out or seemed meaningless, since there were no longer appointments to be kept. Just as in this image the numerals of the clock are falling away.
The original inspiration for the work was very different, it was in fact the poetry of Federico García Lorca, the symbolist Spanish poet infamously executed by Fascist firing squad in the summer of 1936, that would become perhaps Frost’s greatest inspiration: ‘Lorca awakened something in me. I love black and Lorca, and the Duende and black envelop me. Images wrestle with me when I read Lorca. He probes the distance between each emotion.’
This work is inspired by Lorca's text: "I sat down in a space of time. It was a backwater of silence, a white silence, a formidable ring, wherein the stars, collided with the twelve floating black numerals. "
A print from this edition is also currently on loan to the collection of TATE Britain. This work is available from IAP Fine Art, please contact us for details or click Enquire.
A print from this edition is on loan to TATE Britain from the American Fund for the TATE Gallery
Dominic Kemp, Terry Frost Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne, Lund Humphries, 2010, No. 104