The House that Jack BuiltArtist:
Donald Gladstone Rodney
, British, 1961-1998
Material and Medium: Mixed media
Dimensions: Overall: 2440 x 2440mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.LI.1156
Rodney used x-rays as a metaphor for looking below the surface to discover how systems operate. The figure in this work is a self-portrait of Rodney and the x-ray spine and nails refer to the increasing pain that sickle-cell anaemia was causing him.
It also refers to black history and the oppression of black people over the centuries. Members of the Blk Art Group were influenced by the Black Power Movement and black struggle in America and many references to this, such as nooses representing lynching, appear in their work.
'with x-rays you're looking beneath the surface to see what the structure of things really are' Donald Rodney