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102797 | GREAT BRITAIN. "Dreams of a Dying Moth" cast bronze Medal.

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    102797  |  GREAT BRITAIN. "Dreams of a Dying Moth" cast bronze Medal. Issued 2002 (70mm x 65mm, 135.07 g, 12h). By L. Willow at the Falmouth College of Arts and for the British Art Medal Society.


    Moth in green enamel, with wings extending beyond the edge, and with it resting upon two thumbprints // Enameled lightbulb in incuse. Edge: Plain.


    Attwood p. 43, 158; The Medal 40, 107; De Beeldenaar vol. 30, no.1 (January/February 2006), p. 14. As made. Some light green enameling (as noted and as made) on the relief of the obverse and in the recesses of the reverse. A rare and moving work of modern art. One of just 29 produced.


    Ex David Nicholas Silich Collection.


    Lucy Willow, who studied at Falmouth College of Arts (where this issue was ultimately cast) from 1995 to 1997, won the Worshipful Company of Founders’ grand first prize in the 2001 BAMS Student Medal Project competition for this design. Regarding the concept, she wrote that "...during my first year of studies on the fine art degree course at Falmouth, I became interested in exploring themes around fatal attraction in the natural world. I used the moth and flame on the medal as a metaphor for our often compulsive drive towards things in life that can be destructive." In the catalog for the exhibition, Marcy Leavitt Bourne added that "...the moth positioned just at the extremity of the medal gives it even more poignancy; and the void of the lightbulb also suggests the hollowness, emptiness, of some of the desires that are most sought after."


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