We don't have to, linocut by Rew hanks
Since 1997, the Geelong acquisitive print awards have been a significant initiative through which a large number of contemporary Australian prints have been acquired for the collection. It followed an earlier permutation staged from 1962–75 which established Geelong Gallery as the first public gallery in Australia to initiate a prize for contemporary printmaking.
Rew Hanks’ extraordinarily detailed linocut We don’t have to —acquired through the prize in 2003— appropriates Albrecht Dürer’s Adam and Eve (a 1504 engraving in which Dürer explores ideas relating to the perfect human form through the symbolism of the Biblical figures of the first man and woman). In his own interpretation, Hanks replaces Adam with a representation of Mike Archer, former director of the Australian Museum and advocate of the proposal to clone the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus), extinct since 1936, using DNA samples. Eve is replaced with a likeness to Queen Victoria—a reference to Imperialism—and holds an embryonic thylacine in a jar.