Emergency! is a group of works developed from drawing examples of glacial archaeology at Le Musée d’histoire du Valais Switzerland in 2019. The work responds to these domestic artefacts emerging from alpine glaciers as a result of climate change as the ice in which they have been preserved for 50, 500 or 5000 years is melting at unprecedented rates. This rare and valuable archaeology provides important knowledge about human past, yet insight comes at the cost of environmental change and threatened futures. This series developed from asking how might processes of drawing and sculpture - with their respective narratives of marking and erasure, substance and absence - negotiate these ideas and find ways of thinking through loss and change? Research has been supported by a Henry Moore Institute Research fellowship June 2021- May 2022.
Work is ongoing and new developments will be posted here and in the news section of this website.
To date there are two groups of work: Emergency!, made with powdered graphite between two sheets of fine waxed paper fused together, if it gets too hot the image will melt and distort; and a group of shadow drawings/photo sculptures with the working title Things that no longer exist.
Work from this project is exhibited at Drawing Projects UK 12 November - 17 December 2022. A programme of public events will accompany the exhibition. More info here>>
In summer 2022 the drawings were exposed to the heat of alpine sun at the foot of glaciers in the Val' d'Herens, Switzerland to observe and test the effect of the sun's heat as erasure. This has initiated a new direction for the work, to be developed further in 2023 with support of Musées cantonaux du Valais .in Sion