Standing on a Curve
Taking the title from a line in Albert Camus's Myth of Sisyphus these time-layered geological shadow drawings started as a series of ink drawings repeatedly reworked with earth pigments, stains, graphite, charcoal and gesso. Laid down, traced, blotted, refigured, scrubbed, bleached out, scratched through, drawn upon.
Time in one sense is a co-ordinate, a point on a curve, that can be displaced by matter.
As I worked through this series imagery emerged that tapped into a thread running through my work about land use, its visible history and ecological destruction, in particular nuclear waste. Shapes emerge through the layers that reflect; the structure currently being built to cover the 1986 Chernobyl reactor 4 disaster site, the canisters designed to encase radioactive waste or the fall-out shelters built in 1950’s domestic gardens.
Land will hide a deadly energy with a time-frame beyond our imaginations.