This wall-based text is a portrait of a gravedigger that develops into a landscape as the character burrows down and into his concerns about mortality. Visually, the repetition and rapid disappearance of the same text across the wall, presents a gradual descent towards oblivion. The work is re-configured across five public venues between June 2016 and August 2017: Void, Derry, Northern Ireland; Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany; and with Hayward Touring for Elizabeth Price Curates at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. The narrative and its construction enables an extended speculation on landscape as a compressed series of lines: a compilation of contemporary materials that will eventually form a layer of stone underground. Here concerns are raised about the levels of artificiality in present-day objects and how these materials might compromise the integrity of stone available to construct the buildings of the future. The themes of permanence and degeneration are worked into and through the material choices that include hand-written text, pencil markings, ephemeral chalk snap-lines and permanent marker pens. The work does not exist beyond the exhibition space.
Now Stone Landscape installation view Villa Merkel, Esslingen (2017)
Now Stone Landscape installation view ‘Elizabeth Price Curates: In A Dream You Saw A Way To Survive And You Were Full Of Joy’ Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (2017)
Now Stone Landscape installation view ‘Elizabeth Price Curates: In A Dream You Saw A Way To Survive And You Were Full Of Joy’ Bexhill Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea (2017)