Hummingbird Crucible. Oil on linen, 48″x40″, 1995. Private Collection. The Doctorbird as symbolic representation of Jamaican society is a recurring theme in Schliefer’s work. Here, the Doctorbird is depicted in agony, crucified on a thorny bush reminiscent of the crown of thorns. The companion piece to this painting in the 1995 Annual Exhibition, “Risen”, depicts the Doctorbird precariously hovering above the danger of the thorns.

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