Merlin James, Signal Box, 2007
Soft ground etching on Somerset paper, 300 gsm
38 x 45 cm (15 x 17¾ in)
Edition of 40
Signed, numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity
This etching by Merlin James depicts a raised observation post seen through undergrowth and across what might be a railway embankment. Such utilitarian structures such as toll booths, quarry huts or lock gates frequently find metaphorical and associative resonance in the artist's practise. Signal Box relates closely to a painting of the same title from 2004-7.
Limited to 40 copies, the print is on Somerset acid free paper, a 100% cotton mould-made paper that complements the delicate soft-ground etching technique.
The artwork was donated by the artist on the occasion of the exhibition Merlin James at Parasol unit, London, 6 June – 10 August 2013.