• Image of 'Who Are You?'
  • Image of 'Who Are You?'

The English entrepreneur; Joseph Nathan, and the man behind Glaxo, began as a merchant trader, importing and exporting goods ranging from whalebone to patent medicines, trading out of New Zealand. Discovering and securing the rights to the American process to dry milk, the company began producing dried milk at Bunnythorpe factory in New Zealand in 1904 and in 1937, opened its first milk-drying factory in Britain, at Driffield, in Yorkshire.

The Glaxo company built new research facilities in 1935, called Glaxo Laboratories. Glaxo’s first pharmaceutical product was the extraction of vitamin D, branded as Ostelin liquid, in 1924. This was an anti-rachitic, to prevent Osteomalacia; a defective bone growth deformity seen mostly in children, caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, usually as a result of inadequate dietary intake or lack of exposure to sunlight.

Glaxo Baby Foods sales continued to grow in the years following World War I. Their new and improved baby formual 'Ostermilk'; with its added supplements of iron and vitamins A, C and D, soon surpassed all competing baby formulas, on a world wide scale.

Marketed through the publication of 'The Ostermilk Baby Book for Mothers in Many Lands'; offering a practical guide to child care, in it could be found the Glaxo slogan, "Builds Bonnie Babies," and the "Ostermilk age", "A wonderful age", a time when all ostermilk babies were "healthy and contented" and the "wise mothers who always choose Ostermilk" were "happy and free from anxiety".

In contrast to the 'contented' growth of infants and the 'anxiety' that Ostermilk using mothers were said to be free from, 'Who Are You' reflects on the curios appetites of Alice and her Adventures in Wonderland.

Having changed so many times in one day, irritable Alice feels she can no longer answer the mellow Caterpillar's question with certainty. The Caterpillar tells her it is not so confusing to change, advising Alice that she must keep her temper. But Alice's neck elongates tremendously with such length that she cannot see her shoulders, and she finds she is fearfully mistaken by a pigeon for an egg eating serpent.

Silenced by the thought that as an egg eating girl she may in fact be a serpent, Alice is left perplexed with self doubt. Her dramatic transformations leave her surprised, upset and aggravated at the prospect of change, and growing up is a threat to Alice’s shaken assumption of a stable identity. Throughout Alice's Adventures, she is continually repositioned in the food chain, which leaves her identity so confused, that her thoughts no longer seem to be her own.

Dimensions: H76cm x W25cm x D24cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage Ostermilk Tin,
Vintage Pewter Candlestick,,
Vintage Fluted Brioche Tin,
Vintage Jelly Mould
Vintage Wheel,
Vintage Patty Pan tins,
Vintage Miniature Fluted Sweet Tins,
2 x 15W Coloured Bayonet Cap Pygmy Lamps,
Old English Antique Brass Bayonet Cap Lamp holders,
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Bar,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washer,
D-shackle,
PAT Tested.

Please be advised:

Though these assemblage sculptures contain vintage doll components that may have once been played with by children, this piece is not a toy to be played with.

As with all bulbs, they get hot! I use low 15 wattage bulbs on each piece but the bulbs still shed heat, so be advised to display your piece in a suitable location.

Overseas Enquiries:

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Also note - as these sculptures operate on UK voltage (220-240 V 50 Hz) you will need a voltage converter to use them overseas.

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