Animism: burial

June 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Burial I: Cervus and Ursus (detail)

The three drawings that make up the burial series are based on the documentation produced by archaeologists when investigating burial pits. All of the drawings have been made on a 1:1 scale (i.e. they are life size).  One drawing represents a cross section, the other three drawings (made on two sheets of paper) represent plan sections. Certain elements that might appear on a published archaeological cross section of this kind (such as a key to explain the patterns describing the various soil and rubble ‘contexts’) have been omitted; my aim is to draw the eye to the subtle suggestions of abstract space that can be perceived within these drawings.

Within the plan sections are bones from three animals: hare, stag and bear. Each of these species has maintained a symbolic, perhaps even mystical, relationship with human beings over many millennia. The tribal tattoos that are drawn on these bones are designed to hint at these relationships and suggest the narrative of biological kinship.

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