The prints are based on details of the six, large-scale prints exhibited as part of the installation. A combination of etching and embossing appears on the one side and a surface of silver ink on the other. Embossed bandages link the pages and become a metaphoric thread recalling wounding and the violent rituals enacted in the establishment of male identity.
The title of this work is taken from the dream told to Freud by a female patient of a father who watched his dying son. It appears in chapter seven of The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.
‘A father had been watching day and night beside the sick-bed of his child.’
The impending tragedy of a death of a beloved child is evoked in the title of the work and the trace left by the gun, the sheepskin and the bandage, all symbols of impending sacrifice.