The Wolf's House 2012 black Biro drawings and mixed media (black Biro drawings on sanded and painted wood, hand printed cotton, scenic snow, model Russian Tank and German Infantry soldiers, model animals, replica Deluxe FI Hand Grenades, white enamel paint.
"Winter, somewhere in rural Eastern Europe, The Wolf’s House stands isolated in no-mans land, engulfed by a fierce blizzard. Be-sieged by war Mrs Wolf throws open the stable door and watches the carnage unfold as a battle is waged on her doorstep . Mr Wolf sits by the window next to a table, awaiting destiny. Propaganda posters flutter on the mural behind him as creatures of the forest seeking sanctuary from the conflict, play innocently at his feet. The chimes of the cuckoo clock are silenced by a cacophony of gunfire as the soldiers fight on through the snow"
This sculpture contemplates the conscious brutality of man and the instinctive nature of animals by creating a scene of role reversal. Inspired by cuckoo clocks, their iconography in this piece suggests waiting for fate to take its course. The exterior of the house features original Biro drawings of her dog Lily drawn directly on the wooden panels.
Side panel view
View of house roof (above); house front detail (below)
Two propaganda posters were designed for the walls and the house interior is decorated with murals depicting Jane's colour Biro drawings.
Propaganda Poster "Save Us"! Biro drawing and montage of Soviet propaganda poster 'Red Army Soldier, Save Us!' by Viktor Koretsky, 1943
The weights of the cuckoo clock are replica Deluxe F1 Russian hand grenades. A model Russian tank soldier balances on one of the hand grenades. Mr and Mrs Wolf were created from original 1970’s Krakow Cepelia dolls, their head’s replaced with casts from a wedding cake topper.