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Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (2016)

Electra Costa

30 x 56 cm | 11 x 20 in


Subject: People
Tags: Children, Birds, Action, Dramatic, Protection, Child, Bird, Eagle


Original drawing in pencil, colouring pencil and pen on paper.

"This drawing is drawn from a still from the silent film Rescued From an Eagle's Nest, 1908 The film is an American silent action-drama co-directed by Edwin S Porter and J. Searle Dawley for the Edison film studios. A woodsman leaves a hut followed by a woman with their baby. Nearby some men chop down a tree. The baby is left outside the hut, but an eagle flies away with it. The mother comes outside and sees what has happened. She picks up a gun and aims, but decides against it. She tells the woodmen and they get to the cliff where the eagle's nest is. One of the men is let down on a rope to the nest. However the eagle attacks, but he kills it and kicks it of the cliff. He then picks up the baby, is hoisted up the cliff, and returns the baby to its mother."


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Electra Costa


Children scare easily, they see things adults cannot see. Electra Costa wants to find out why.  Are these spectres simply the product of young, over-active imaginations? Or have our older eyes trained themselves to ignore those things which we fear most?
 
It is hard to decide what might be more alarming; a giant rabbit, bear or bogeyman? Or some weirdo dressed as one? The same scene might trigger a nostalgic excitement in an adult sensibility, whilst painting a picture of perfect terror for a child less au fait with this retro aesthetic.

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