Saddam Hussein on a rhinoceros

Accession Number ART41010
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 41.0 x 59.4 x 15.0 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description wood, paint, rusty iron, nails, twigs and grass
Maker Hawkes, Gay
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1990
Conflict Gulf War, 1990-1991

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


This is one of a series of works by the sculptor Gay Hawkes, called 'Rushing off to the Gulf', dealing with Australia's willingness to support greater powers in their conflicts. It depicts 'Saddam Hussein on a rhinoceros' during the First Gulf War, as a threatening aggressor. Gay Hawkes (b.1942) is a sculptor and wood artist. Her unique sculpture is known for its highly imaginative and quirky qualities, using utilitarian objects and wood found in the bush and driftwood from the beaches of her native Tasmania.