Claydon's evocation of Frazer's work recalls Kaelen Wilson-Goldie's 2014 essay on the anthropological turn in contemporary art, in which she described the ways in which artists such as Camille Henrot and Cyprien Gaillard "revel in the seductions of a certain National Geographic aesthetic, which walks a fine line between the romantic and the nostalgic on the one hand, and the critical and the provocative on the other." I wonder if Claydon read her text: His Bifurcated Development suite, 2016, features a National Geographic cover printed on plywood (The Search for Early Man [Bifurcated]) paired with a phallic Roman-bronze fertility amulet
(Survival Instinct [Bifurcated]).
Consumer safety watchdog Ecowaste Coalition discovered dangerous chemicals in 28 lucky charms and accessories, including a fertility amulet
with a high level of lead that ironically could induce miscarriage and premature childbirth.
Her family links only enhanced the reach of her sources, including oral traditions, family rituals, and--most notably--a fertility amulet
Judith Montefiore acquired upon her visit to the Tomb of Rachel in 1827.
In Part III, 'Birthing Habsburgs', Maria Cruz de Carlos Varona examines the visual and material culture of maternity, from votive images to fertility amulets
, that permeated the court and placed pressure on its women to fulfil their reproductive duties.