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Civilization, Contemporary drawing by Nicole Margaretten, Archival Print

Neighborhoods blend into graveyards and a bison, once a symbol of strength, is calmly suspended in the air. This drawing embraces uncertainty.
Scroll down for the beautiful review this drawing received on Zephiart.

• About the Artwork:
- Printed on 100% cotton rag, buffered and acid free
- Signed in pencil by Nicole Margaretten
- Measures: 8.5x11 inches
- Ships First Class USPS Flat, packaged securely in a cello sleeve

• About the Materials and Process:
Prints created with archival paper and ink will last for generations when protected in their cello sleeve (included with order) or framed.
Acid-free specialty papers are hand-fed into the printer to prevent rolling and damage to the paper.

• Care Instructions:
Your print may be handled gently around the edges and will arrive in a protective cello sleeve. Avoid touching the surface of the print or handle with cotton gloves when framing.

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This drawing was featured on Zephiart, August 5, 2008

"Civilization I (Without Medication), was done in a hospital and the pure white background recalls the clinical purity of the examination room. A strange city grows on the surface like a mold or, more likely, a colony of bacteria. In the foreground a diseased buffalo hangs uncertainly. The colony continues its growth without malice, and the bison does not seem to connect it's suffering with it.

Although they were drawn without reference, the buffalo is remarkably reminiscent of prehistoric bison such as the Two Bison fromthe cave at Le Tuc d'Audoubert, France. Like bulls, bison can be seen as symbolic of strength and courage, prowess on the field. Margaretten's bison, however, hangs suspended. Removed from its power base and subjected to forces beyond it's control. The heaviness of his hooves emphasize the absence of earth.

Despite the signs of decay, it has a certain solidity of perseverance. One has the impression that this bison will not be swallowed by the forces at work."

A 4x6 version of this print was be part of the MoMA Wales exhibition "A Book About Death" curated by Sonja Benskin Mesher. (It's not as morbid as it sounds!)
Nicole Margaretten

Contemporary Drawing, Civilization by Nicole Margaretten, Archival Print, Art for Guys and Girls

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  • Materials: sleeve, pencil, archival ink, cello sleeve, professional printing, Vivera, etching paper
  • Ships worldwide from New Jersey, United States
  • Feedback: 39 reviews
  • Favorited by: 26 people

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