Nothing Comes Easy

Ben Reid

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On October 6 2019, it will be 250 years since the crew of the Endeavour and its captain, James Cook, sighted New Zealand. This moment has repercussions to this day:
Was Cook a colonial hero or an imperial villain? 
What is his environmental and cultural legacy? 
What effect did the colonial sense of entitlement, "our way is best", grating against long-held, harmonious traditions of indigenous peoples and their land have? 
It is these questions that motivated artist Ben Reid in his latest series of works.
'Nothing Comes Easy' is part of a series woodcut prints portraying a young Captain Cook. Each has been manipulated to add to, or subtract from, what Captain Cook stands for or represents in the artist's eyes.
As a series, the work portrays both "the view from the ship and from the shore": how Cook was perceived by the English but also the natives of the countries he explored: this coming together of cultures, that began with Cook and has continued until this day.


Year: 2019

Dimensions: 355mm (w) x 490mm (h)

Medium: Woodcut print with added feather details

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