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The Sum of Our Pasts - 2011


Graphite on paper
68cm x 43cm


The Sum of Our Pasts takes its starting point from an archaeological drawing of an Anglo Saxon burial. This archaeological diagram’s purpose is to record the exact positioning of this individual’s final resting place for study including the bodies orientation, condition and size.

The diagram has been mirrored to produce the bodies opposite and over layered to conjoin at their heads. This conjunction then becomes a point of focus from which a torrent of dots and dashes spew forth forming a shape resembling a river, road or crevasse. This crevasse a point of origin, gives birth to a new form made of these pieces and becomes the fore ground.

This drawing refers to ideas of time and individuation.

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