- Purchased 1974
- 356 x 193mm
Is this the ideal New Zealand family? Mother lovingly holding a newborn baby, father resplendent in one of those checkered cotton shirts that signify masculine outdoor work, with the family dog obediently at his side. But there is an unusual psychological intensity in Jeffrey Harris’s version of the New Zealand family. The family home is often the grounding influence on relationships, but in this etching it floats disconcertingly in the air beyond the couple, who are also represented hovering above it. Perhaps the solidity and dependability of the New Zealand family unit is not quite as it seems.
(1969 Comeback Special 27 August – 6 November 2016)