For #Five2Watch this week we've selected five artists who have made work that refers to archaeology and its processes: Caroline Dear, Karen Wallis, Johana Hartwig, Rosie Leventon and Colin Higginson.
Encircled by Gold; under Brigid's mantle, 2011-2013
This exhibition was the result of several years research and investigation into High Pasture Cave on the Isle of Skye. This is an archeological site, which had excavations lasting 8 years. There were a large number of finds, some of European significance. I made three life size mantles referencing St.Brigid, with these made from plants associated with her; soft rush, bog cotton, dandelion and birch.
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Work in Structure 8, 2019
Work from 4th Artist's Residency at the Ness of Brodgar excavations in Orkney. Plein air oil painting on panel. Orthostats (standing stones) known as 'the otter flaps' in Structure 8, shortly before they were removed.
As part of Unit(e) Summer School 2017, Johana investigated the 'fabric' of the G39 gallery and grounds. She worked with Archaeologist Simon McCann to excavate a section of the gallery garden, which revealed several layers of displaced and original soils and clays, amongst which lay some broken Victorian tat and size 8 builders’ footprints from the 1980's. The activity was in part used to explore the specialist language 'digging in spits' and methods used in conducting and monitoring an 'archeological dig' and to ask the question what is of value?
now & then, 2018
A detail of a recent Earthwork commissioned by the Woodland Trust. It is at the QEDJ Woods, Normanton le Heath Leicestershire Uk.
It responds the the local archaeological discoveries, and comprises the planting of 13 Oaks, 2 Wild Service trees in a surrounding circle. Also a ring of natural bushes specially selected to be of value to birds : Hazel, Dog Rose, Blackthorn, Hawthorn etc.
In future years it should provide a private sheltered space.
There Will always be Rocks on the Road, 2018
New work motivated by an interest in experimental archaeology, language, display and where the natural and built environment meet.
Published 24 July 2020