Jonathan Comerford: Township Titans (1987-88)
This was the first large-format steel-plate etching Comerford did while in Scotland. The format size is roughly 90cm by 60cm. It is etched with nitric acid onto a steel plate. The reason he chose steel was simply to allow for the large format. It was done during possibly the most violent time during Apartheid. The work deals with issues about township fighting at the time. It depicts the average citizen fighting against the might of the police force. It is almost a Battle of the Titans. There are two main figures fighting. There are police wearing masks and helmets hiding their faces, holding onto a wagon wheel with a bullet embedded in it. There are circular targets behind this, again defining people as either hard or soft targets. On the right hand side is an outstretched arm battling against the force, holding a single flag symbolising the struggle. Below and behind this arm are motorcar tires and matchsticks, together depicting the notorious "necklacings" being carried out in the townships at that time. He also uses bricks in this work, rather than bullets, to how the township people used these to resist the system. However, because they were armed, the bearers of the bricks were a threat, and became hard targets to the invading military. This is symbolised by the rectangular targets in the right hand corner.