This work is evolving out of my PhD research project Uncalibrated Melancholy.Â
Specimens are new drawings that present, in dramatic chiaroscuro, a series of man-made structures that have been used to carry humans into such inaccessible places as the Moon or the deepest points of the ocean. The artefacts, floating in an ambiguous darkened space and imbued with an air of melancholy, stand for the humans that once travelled inside. The drawings can be understood as suggestive, even reverential, evocations of the boundless ambition of our species to overcome the constraints of distance, but also as reminders of the shortcomings and potentially dear consequences of such attempts.
Specimens is being developed as part of my PhD research into our relationship with extreme remote places.
Specimens I, graphite on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2018
Specimens II, graphite on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2018
Specimens III, graphite on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2018
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