Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses (AM453)

Catalogue Record



Lucy Brown



Made in





The object is a collage drawing showing Wedding Cage in the middle, surrounded by four other bodies. The other works are Bodiless shown left back and tight front, Disembodied is on the right back and left front of Wedding Cage.

Materials and techniques

Hands, scissors, pencil and spatula are used in making the object.


height:  61cm
width:  61cm
depth:  1cm

Object number

  • Ring-a-ring-a-roses, Lucy Brown, 1999. Crafts Council Collection: AM453. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

Maker's statement

‘Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses’ was created after the completion of Wedding Cage. Along with other works on paper from the same series, Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses acts as an indicator for an impending installation combining Wedding Cage, Dis-embodied and Bodiless. These works on paper were 2D thinking spaces for exploring ideas connected with exhibition installations during early career.

Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses draws on the haunting presence of Wedding Cage, referencing the old Victorian rhythm [sic] ‘Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses'. Bodiless and Disembodied are viewed upon as children in the piece.

The Black and white photographic photocopies used in Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses are photocopies of photographs of Lucy Browns artworks' Wedding Cage (1998), Bodiless (1998) and Dis-embodied (1998).

There is a reference to Walter Benjamin’s ‘"The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" in this multi-layered representation of the reproduced image; Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses and other works on paper from the same series.

The style of the piece does draw upon visual documentations from Victorian and Edwardian Clothing Catalogues and old black and white photographs of interior and exterior clothing retailers on high streets in England.

‘Ring a Ring a Roses’ and other similar works on paper have now become ‘documentations/records’ of my art works….

Lucy Brown, 08 September 2017