Ann-Marie James’ inspiration for Archer came from arrowheads found in the 4,000-year-old grave of the ‘Amesbury Archer’. The barbed arrowheads demonstrate flint-working at its best, but the design is brutal – the barbs ensured that the arrowhead would not fall out, so the prey animal would bleed to death.
These flints were part of a large hoard of ceremonial objects in the grave. Find out more about the Amesbury Archer here.
“The arrowheads interested me because they were made from flint, which involved a great deal of expertise, care and craftsmanship. This feels in some way at odds with the brutality of their purpose.”
Ann Marie chose two arrowheads for the Archer series, and began by making simple line drawings. She then created rubber stamps in a range of sizes. Using the stamps with white and gold ink, she built the composition of each painting, which she then worked into using acrylic paint and 24ct gold leaf.
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