Adventures with RCAHMW – 4

 

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The Ring of Brodgar

“When it was first described in detail a century and a half ago, the Ring of Brodgar was very little understood. The methods were not then available to date it to the Neolithic period, the time of the first farmers of Orkney, nor was its relationship to the great wealth of other prehistoric monuments in Orkney recognized.  Today, as a result of subsequent research, we know a great deal more.  But as a monument, its presence somehow still transcends our knowledge or understanding.  There is more to say, although we do not yet know how to say it.”  Quoted from ‘Figuring it Out’ by Colin Renfrew (p18)

I first read this statement by the eminent archaeologist five years ago, and it has been in the back of my mind ever since.  It fuels my desire to continue to make art that springs from an archaeological sensibility, precisely because there is more, so much more to say, and I believe that saying it through the making of visual images is the way forward.

1a2RPart of the ‘Archive 1a’ series of drawings, A3, graphite on paper – Carmen Mills

The RCAHMW have kindly given me space to display some of my work.

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These drawings have been made using Permatrace, a waterproof tracing paper used by archaeologists on site, and archaeological tools, with graphite.  The process of making them is like uncovering and seeing something for the first time, a very archaeological experience.

1a1RPart of the ‘Archive 1a’ series of drawings, A3, graphite on paper – Carmen Mills

In the meantime I continue with ‘Lost and Found.’

laf 6Part of the ‘Lost and Found’ series of drawings, A4 – Carmen Mills

 

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Part of the ‘Lost and Found’ series of drawings, A4 – Carmen Mills

What is it that pushes our curiosity?  Why is it that we want to know all about what we can’t quite see?

 

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