The Artists recent work, developed since the Anubis Other World Tour series of exhibitions began in June 1997, features Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian God of the Afterlife, in a variety of contemporary guises and settings.
These witty , haunting and captivating tableaux explore the jackal, wolf and lupine qualities evident in the world of the dream, nightmare and collective unconscious.
Many of the ideas explored by the artist are linked by a long fascination with ancient Egyptian mythology and iconography and memories of a childhood recurring nightmare.
The figures inhabit this world with a prescence that can cause strong reactions in the onlooker, ranging from fear to laughter and individuals often impose their own meanings on the work and can perceive the sculptures as various types of creature.
Meaningful events and places visited are commemorated in the canvases and reflected in the sunglass lenses and Anubis walks amongst us in the video works and an eclectic mix of memento mori and other created artefacts give us clues as to how Anubis views and experiments with the world around him.
The ever growing group of figures includes a current total of 12 schoolboys and the artist intends to complete at least 30, a school room full.
‘In his previous life, Anubis was known as the God who weighed people’s hearts after they died to determine whether they went to hell or heaven. But for Tweed, Anubis’s higher judgement is restricted to the frustratingly dull minor decision-making activities we all face every day. Softened by history, Anubis appears as a pleasant-looking stuffed animal wearing greaser’s garb, a sharp suit, a tutu or a schoolboy’s uniform. Regardless of his clothes or context, however, he always wears stylish reflective sunglasses, as if he had been sent to live out eternity in a witness protection programme after the rise of Christianity made polytheistic pagan faiths obsolete.
Since graduating from Exeter College of Art in 1983, Tweed has been an arts correspondent for BBC Radio Leicester’s Primetime and a ceramics and art teacher in Leicester and Somerset. She has had solo exhibitions at the Otter Gallery in Chichester, Oxo Tower Wharf in London’s South Bank and the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Her witty, clever Anubis images have also appeared in group shows at Yoke & Zoom multiples in Tokyo, Deptford X in London and 2004’s 5 Magazine project, curated by Gavin Turk.’
Ana Finel Honigman , New York and London-based critic
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