Earth pigment, ink, waxed linen thread, cloth and paper
Tor Barrow I was produced while I was artist in residence on the Pebblebeds archaeological dig in East Devon directed by Professor Chris Tilley. The dig involved the excavation of a Bronze Age cairn constructed of pebbles. My art was in some way to complement the excavation by raising issues about process and interpretation. I came up with the idea of a series of experiments, placing pebbles on different materials and leaving them in the landscape for a few weeks or longer. I saw this as a means of creating types of ‘environmental print’. I placed canvas on top of the cairn and covered it with more pebbles, forming a ‘sandwich’ between the two layers. After some months, traces of the outlines of the pebbles emerged as moisture, mould and debris stained and denatured the surface. The piece is a metaphor for the progressive changes that happen to materials as they become incorporated into the environment.
My work as artist in residence, and its archaeological significance, is described in Chris Tilley’s book An Anthropology of Landscape, open access version at: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1537609/
The work is part of a diptych.
Reproduced with kind permission of Priscilla Trenchard.
Copyright ©Priscilla Trenchard
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