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Woodcut title Feral Ground

Feral Ground

Circa 1982
Diptych 130 x 50 centimeters

Behaviourism, a branch of psychology much maligned during the 1970's, informs the textual elements of Feral Ground. The bland technical formula of STIMULUS = ACTION that names the top panel is translated on the bottom panel as he wants, he squeezes. By extension, it also refers to the darker side of capitalism. The scientific neatness of the STIMULUS = ACTION panel is symbolised by the cool, monotonal, rigid geometry of an anonymous urban landscape, whereas the he wants, he squeezes panel is imbued with jarring shapes and an unpleasant colour harmony inhabited by a Janus headed figure.