Still life

Accession Number ARTV09073
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 91 x 65 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description colour screenprint on paper
Maker Debenham, Pam
Debenham, Pam
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1984
Conflict Period 1980-1989

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


A protest poster campaigning against the use of nuclear weapons. The poster’s title ‘Still life’ refers to a photomontage an arrangement of military hardware and militaristic Lego toys. Instead of the usual still life arrangements of flowers and domestic items, the still life depicted is one of military hardware and militaristic Lego toys. The arrangement is placed on a table draped with a cloth printed with a map of the world. In the background nuclear explosions and the word ‘No’ are repeated, emphasising the Anti-nuclear message. This work comments on the destruction of war, and the devastating effects nuclear weapons have on all living things.