earth pigments and wax on wood [20x24cm] 2017
Shown Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition 2017
William Golding’s novel The Inheritors is told through Lok as his Neanderthal tribe encounter the ‘others’. It is through Lok’s eyes and head full of pictures that we piece together the unsettling truth that the aggressive interlopers are us and that we spell the end of his gentle earth-centred species.
Lok's Head began on a beach in north Devon while collecting earth pigments in the rain. Wet rock turned to paint and the picture in my head of Lok emerged. Having unearthed Lok, the final layers of wax protect him from us, peering through as if to a distant past we see only a memory of him.