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Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer

The nips are getting bigger / I'd better go get somethin' harder #8 (whiskey bottle)

Date: 2015
Overall: 585 × 105 × 80 mm
Medium: Ceramic, natural fibres, feathers, animal bone, copper wire
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Karla Dickens
Object Name: Bottle
Object No: 00054619

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    A whiskey bottle in the shape of Captain Cook used by Karla Dickens in her body of work 'The nips are getting bigger / I'd better go get somethin' harder'. This work features a selection of beer and whiskey bottles modified by Dickens as a commentary on the devastating effect alcohol, tobacco and disease have had on Australia's Indigenous people.

    This ceramic bottle is in the shape of Captain Cook, who is depicted standing on the deck of a ship with the ship's wheel behind him and a pillar with a chart showing Australia in front. In a relaxed and confident stance, Cook's right hand is on his hip and the left hand is over the chart. He is wearing the Royal Navy uniform with blue coat and yellow trim with a large red book at his feet. Karla Dickens has reworked Cook in this instance by painting Cook's face and hands dark brown. He wears a turban like head dress consisting of natural fibre string tied around the head with two feathers coming from inside the bottle and two crossed birds' feet pointing upwards. The feet are attached to a piece of animal bone and all are tied together with copper wire.

    This whiskey bottle accompanies the beer bottle 00054603.
    SignificanceThis artwork demonstrates the vibrant style of a contemporary Aboriginal Australian artist, and assists in the interpretation of Aboriginal history, culture and tradition and gives an Indingenous dialogue to European occupation of Australia.
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