This limited edition, handmade by the artist, is part of the series A Child for Sacrifice, based on the research undertaken into the Sir Benjamin Stone collection and the history of a Warwickshire village. The work was created by by artist Faye Claridge, who uses archives, folklore and reminiscence to examine our past relationships and our current sense of national and personal identity.
This unique edition is available in the context of the exhibition of the Kern Baby sculpture at the Library of Birmingham. In addition to the sculpture, which stood in the grounds at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, prior to been exhibited at the Library, Claridge also made a series of photographs, A Child For Sacrifice. She worked with young people from a Warwickshire village to re-interpret customs using artefacts from the Marton Museum of Country Bygones.
Stone’s obsession was to “record history with the camera” for future generations and Claridge questions how we can approach such an ambition today. Her work asks how our sense of self, geography, community and time can be formed through the celebration of repeated and adapted customs.