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Reflections on Caroline Rothwell, Transmutation and Berlinde De Bruckyere, We are all flesh

by Roy Ananda and Alice Clanachan

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Speculations on the subject of Caroline Rothwell’s portrait work Transmutation, 2010

Protocol droid C3-P0, partially dismembered by ugnaughts in Cloud City, Bespin (Irvin Kershner (director), The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)

Marvin being shot in the face by Vincent Vega after Jules Winnfield’s car may or may not have gone over a bump (Quentin Tarantino (director), Pulp Fiction, 1994)

The naiad Daphne undergoing transformation into a laurel tree (Ovid (author), Metamorphoses, 8 CE)

Cartoon character being erased after a dispute with his animator (Chuck Jones (director), Duck Amuck, 1953)

Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, manifesting as the God of the Bloody Tongue (H.P. Lovecraft (creator), Nyarlathotep, 1920)

A prince in the process of turning into a raven upon the utterance of the chill curse, “the shirt will hurt, the wings will sting, the beak will shriek, the eyes will cry” (Jim Henson (creator), The Storyteller: The Three Ravens, 1987)

Captain James T. Kirk being beamed from the Starship Enterprise to another location (Gene Roddenberry (creator), Star Trek, 1966 to present)

Frank Cotton tasting the pleasures of the Cenobites on the other side of the Schism (Clive Barker (author), The Hellbound Heart, 1986)

One of the first five Adams upon hearing the awesome power of God’s true voice (Kevin Smith (director), Dogma, 1999)

Morpheus of the Endless, King of Dreams and Prince of Stories with his raven Matthew (Neil Gaiman (creator), The Sandman, 1989 to present)

Exham of Farloft (tenth level ranger/ second level fighter) under the effects of an Enlarge Person spell, pictured with his avian companion Skaras (Roy Ananda and Foti Pitrakkos (authors), on-going Dungeons and Dragons campaign, 2014 to present)


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Notes on the provenance of the component parts of Berlinde De Bruyckere’s We are all flesh (2011- 2012)

Portion of horse carcass sourced from veterinary academy

Darkie also known as Black Beauty also known as Black Auster also known as Jack also known as Blackie also known as Old Crony (Anna Sewell (author), Black Beauty, 1877)

Khartoum, triple crown winner belonging to Jack Wolz, killed and decapitated by Luca Brasi (Francis Ford Coppola (director), The Godfather, 1972)

Shadowfax, the lord of all horses, gifted to Gandalf the White by Theoden, the 17thking of Rohan (J.R.R. Tolkien (author), The Lord of the Rings, 1954)

Mister Ed (Walter R. Brooks (creator), Mr Ed, 1961–1966)

The eighth leg of Sleipnir, the offspring of Loki and Svaðilfari (Svar-dill-vari) (Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda, 1220)

Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Applejack (Hasbro Incorporated (copyright holder), My Little Pony, 1982- present)

Portions of the body of Artax, retrieved by Atreyu from the Swamp of Sadness (Wolfgang Petersen (director)The NeverEnding Story, 1984)

Duncan also known as Furious D (Matt Groening (creator), The Simpsons, 1989 to present)

Pokey (Art Clokey (creator), The Gumby Show, 1957-1969)

An old gray mare that is not what it used to be (unknown composer, The Old Gray Mare, late nineteenth century)

Boxer, workhorse and allegory for the Russian working class (George Orwell (author), Animal Farm, 1945)

Hero, the fastest horse in the world (Lee Falk (creator), The Phantom, 1936 to present)

Aluminium Festivus pole from the collection of Frank Constanza (Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David (creators), Seinfeld, 1989-1999)

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 Installation view Melrose Wing of European Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2013, featuring Berlinde De Bruyckere,  We are all flesh.  Photo: Sam Noonan

Installation view Melrose Wing of European Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2013, featuring Berlinde De Bruyckere, We are all flesh. Photo: Sam Noonan





Caroline Rothwell, Australia, born 1967, Transmutation, 2010, Sydney, bronze and lacquer; Gift of Peter Dobson, Diana Luckhurst Smith, Pam McKee, Kate Mansfield, Judith Rischbieth and Irena Zhang through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation Collectors Club 2010, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

Berlinde De Bruyckere, Belgium, born 1964, We are all flesh, 2011-12, Ghent, Belgium, epoxy, iron, horse skin, steel; Gift of John and Jane Ayers, Candy Bennett, Jim and Helen Carreker, Cherise Conrick, James Darling AM and Lesley Forwood, Scott and Zoë Elvish, Rick and Jan Frolich, Andrew and Hiroko Gwinnett, Dr Michael Hayes and Janet Hayes, Klein Family Foundation, Ian Little and Jane Yuile, Dr Peter McEvoy, David and Pam McKee, Hugo and Brooke Michell, Jane Michell, Peter and Jane Newland, John Phillips, Dr Dick Quan, Paul and Thelma Taliangis, Tracey and Michael Whiting, GP Securities, UBS and anonymous donors through the Art Gallery of South Australia Contemporary Collectors Director's Project 2012, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Berlinde De Bruyckere. 


Roy Ananda is a multidisciplinary artist in Adelaide, South Australia.

Alice Clanachan is a writer and curator in Adelaide, South Australia.