Sainsbury Egg Reliquary: Tick Tock (2012); wood; plaster; papier mache; rock crystals and semi-precious stones; gold leaf; acrylic; Sainbury eggshells; a wind up clock.
Ellie was undergoing IVF treatment when I made this so eggs, a fairly constant and no doubt Freudian motif in my work, feature yet again. It's a biological clock partly inspired by the glorious Crivelli: Annunciation with St Emidius, in The Sainsbury Wing of The National Gallery. The dove is asleep neglecting his job, unlike Crivelli's. (In earlier times, the dove - purloined as a symbol for the Holy Spirit/Ghost in Christian iconography accompanied Venus, and symbolised dynamic female energy).