‘The Cupboard’ – Remembering Civilians Caught up in War

 

'The Cupboard', original black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

‘The Cupboard’, original black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

This simple drawing represents the memory of civilians caught up or lost during war.

During a stay in a cottage in Transylvania, Romania, whilst on a trip bear tracking this painted corner cupboard evoked to me the quiet beauty of how we go about embellishing the space we call home and the private and expressive meanings behind everything we display in that space.

For those caught up in war, losing perhaps what is perceived by others to be just a simple jug, but to the owner of the possession is perhaps a priceless gift given by a beloved grandmother, adds yet more painful loss to the devastation experienced.  Every object in our home tells a story and leaves behind a footprint of our existence.

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Where’s Daddy Bear?

"Mummy Bear and Baby Bear", Brown Bears, 'In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia', 2013 black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

“Mummy Bear and Baby Bear”, Brown Bears, ‘In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia’, 2013 black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

As part of the Brown Bears diptych for my luxury china plate series “In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia”, ‘Mummy Bear and Baby Bear’ highlights the practice of den hunting in Russia where hibernating adult bears are woken by dogs and shot as they emerge from their den, resulting in the orphaning of cubs if the female bear has produced a litter. Using Anselm Kiefer’s painting, ‘Parsifal III’, 1973 as the underlying layer of the drawing, this piece depicts not only the physical painted elements of Kiefer’s dark den like attic but also Kiefer’s symbolism, his bold challenges on recent history and the fact that Kiefer’s attic represents the origin of time. This signifies for me age-old relationships between man and animals, both good and evil.

'Mummy Bear and Baby Bear', Brown Bears, luxury fine English china plate by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Mummy Bear and Baby Bear’, Brown Bears, luxury fine English china plate by Jane Lee McCracken

Kiefer’s portrayal of the ‘Parsifal Saga’ and Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ Opera include the symbolic ‘holy spear’ which in this drawing penetrates the cub’s neck creating Jung’s ‘Amfortas Wound’, the wound that never heals. The representation of the ‘Amfortas Wound’ not only suggests that man historically as a species continues to repeat controversial behaviour despite knowledge of its consequences, but also implies the pain of ‘loss’ that never completely heals. In the centre of the piece are a mother bear and her cub, a drawing montage of Viktor Koretsky’s 1942 WWII propaganda poster “Red Army Soldiers, Save Us!”. The drawing parallels not only the interpretation of the fairy tale ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ which moralises key needs for both humans and bears such as food, safety and shelter but also asks “where’s Daddy bear?”, is he also a victim of den hunting? The gun thrust into the faces of Mummy bear and Baby Bear is a WWII Russian PPSH41 Sub Machine gun replacing the German bayonet in Koretsky’s original poster suggesting ‘Friendly Fire’ on Brown Bears as it is Russian business deals that continue the practice of den hunting and result in the hunting of Russia’s national symbol.

Sadly the original black Biro drawing was damaged but thankfully not before the image in its original form reached THE NEW ENGLISH to be made into plates.  This plate and the the beautiful luxury prints made by Jack Lowe Studio are therefore very special to me on a personal level.

 

"Mummy Bear and Baby Bear", Brown Bears, 'In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia', 2013 black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

“Mummy Bear and Baby Bear”, Brown Bears, ‘In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia’, 2013 black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

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Luxury Fine China Plate Series Arrives at THE NEW ENGLISH!

'In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia', Luxury Fine English China Plate Series by Jane Lee McCracken

‘In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia’, Luxury Fine English China Plate Series by Jane Lee McCracken

I am delighted to announce the arrival of my luxury fine English china plate series “In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia” at the home of cutting edge ceramics,  THE NEW ENGLISH

‘In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia’ is a set of finest English china platters designed from my original black Biro drawings.  It celebrates the beauty and majesty of threatened and endangered species across the Eurasian continent whilst highlighting their depletion through wildlife crime.

The set includes eight designs each with its own complex layers of symbolism relating to the species the design depicts.  Diptych subjects include homage to Grey Wolves, Amur Leopards, Siberian Tigers and Brown Bears.

'Our Forefathers', Amur Leopard luxury fine China plate by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Our Forefathers’, Amur Leopard luxury fine English China plate designed by Jane Lee McCracken

Made in Stoke-on-Trent in England, the historic home of fine British ceramics, by prestigious ceramic designers The New English, each platter measures 280mm diameter and is a limited signed and numbered edition of 200.  Made to order, plates are available as sets or as individual pieces.  New limited edition platters of Eurasian species will be released later this year.

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‘Shh, it’s a Tiger!’, Siberian Tiger, luxury fine English china plate designed by Jane Lee McCracken

Enquiries: jane@janeleemccracken.co.uk

Orders: THE NEW ENGLISH

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