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ART CAREER SNAKES AND LADDERS is a limited edition (20) , 40cm x 40cm 2 colour hand pulled screen print with lovely rich orange and black inks, on a hand hemmed canvas.

ART CAREER SNAKES AND LADDERS by REBECCA DAVIES visualises the ups and downs of an artist’s working life using the format of its titular board game. In the traditional version of Snakes and Ladders, players roll a pair of dice to move across a grid board; the first to land on the “end” square wins the game. Along the way, players climb ladders, allowing them to jump ahead, and slip on snakes, causing them to fall back. It is a game of luck, where sudden leaps of progress and dismal setbacks are both inevitable and beyond the players’ control.

In this version, Rebecca Davies re-imagines this classic board game through the lens of artistic experience. The “ladders” represent small victories - successful grant applications, artwork commissions, media coverage. The “snakes” undermine these achievements - inadequate funding, broken promises, internet trolling. As precarious artist-players move across the board, it becomes increasingly clear how their ability to navigate their career is limited by the art world’s funding structures and power dynamics. The emotional impact of this helplessness is best summarised by the board’s final square, where the winner “feels empty.”

60.00 plus P&P

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