Fall from Change Table, 1993 signed and dated 'N. McKenna 93' lower right; signed and inscribed 'Fall from Change Table / N. McKenna 93' verso oil on wood 36 x 41.5cm (14 3/16 x 16 5/16in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased from Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, June 1998
EXHIBITED: Somewhere in the City: Noel McKenna, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, 8 September - 6 November 2005
LITERATURE: Somewhere in the City: Noel McKenna, exh. cat., Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, 2005, p.27, p.18 (illus.)
Fall from Changes Table (1993) seems an unusual painting in McKenna's oeuvre. But like much of his work it comes from the anecdotal spun to become something more akin to a short story.
There are two emphases in the work. The ﬁrst is the calendar with the number 29, a numeral with some symbolic importance in McKenna's life he was married on the 29th November when he was 29, it is the number of a bus he often catches. The second is the fall itself which came from a conversation McKenna had with a maternity nurse friend who mentioned her anxiety about dropping a newborn baby.
As the artist has succinctly put it 'accidents happen in hospitals'.1