I’ve signed up for a second title - ‘Where the dead live’ (group 10).
To me, the dead live initially in the memories of those that knew them. But later as these people also become memories they live on in the things they left behind. This could be a name on a gravestone, the ruin of a house they once lived in, an artefact in a museum or junk shop.... The pictures and stories we see and tell about them may be no more than conjecture and imagination but while we do there is still some trace of the original person left.
I spend quite a bit of time photographing and drawing in ruins and cemeteries so for me this is the obvious starting point. As usual I’ve got more than one idea floating around.
I have this vague idea about combining inscriptions and memories with regeneration/life cycles perhaps using different weights of paper, possibly transparent or translucent papers, interleaving other print methods with etchings.
I’ve started to experiment with etching and using different resists ( if you want more detail it’s on my blog). I’m not completely happy with it but I’ve learned a lot.
The second train of thought came out of time spent in the town cemetery of Argeles sur Mer. I love the small mausoleums that French families used (and still do in some cases) – almost houses for the dead! I started a set of work based on these last year but thought, apart from me, who’d want work based on such odd subject matter. So I shelved it. Now I have the perfect excuse to go back and work on it some more.