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9 " W x 25 " H,  22 cm W x 64 cm H
Material   Acrylic on Wood
Artist   A.H. Clemens & A.L. Clemens
Painted   June 2002, 
Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

The title implies removal to a different time and place and the facial expression suggests it will be a far cry from this idyllic place of greenery, romance and fragrance.  A similar theme to Missing – Presumed Dead painted a few months earlier.

The features of the beautiful model, taken from Rossetti’s “Daydream” in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, suggest a Jewish nationality.  Stacey’s Star of David reinforce that impression.  Stacey’s yellow splash obliterates much of the facial features but in no way undermiOnes the model’s beauty.  Rather it is strangely enhanced.  In the lower section of the picture, the figure loses its form and dissolves into a series of increasingly large pixels.

The lasting impression is that the hellish place ultimately awaiting this woman or her descendants is a death camp in Hitler’s Germany.  Rossetti’s languid dreamy eyed beauty no longer idly contemplates a vague melancholy in a daydream.  Instead she foresees a nightmare of brutality beyond description and belief. 

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Last updated 03 November, 2004


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