ruins

 

This project started as a drawing project of the ruins of Anghor Wat, Cambodia. Studying the photographs and recreating them in drawings provided a grammar of ruins, a grammar of a vanished empire. Stripping the ruins even further bare, revealed their parts – cubes jumbled, rectangular shapes, columns. The project extended into photographs of other ruins: disused kilns, disused machinery parts- a grammar of a vanishing empire.

Ruins function as memories of other times and histories, an opportunity to recast our relationship with the past and our understanding of time – a metaphor for human memory.

The ruin as a palimpsest – altered, reused, altered, reused, but still bearing traces of the past and future. Ruins then invoke not only a possible past, but also as a potential not realized, but frightingly near future.

The vertical wall sculptures present my initial attempt to glimpse this future.

The vertical ceramic wall sculptures were created using paper clay, cone 6 glaze (selsor blue) and a variety of other material (iron sand, scoria, pumice, wild clay etc). Fired a number of times to cone 6 in oxidation