Archival pigment print on cotton rag art paper
Paper size 150cm H x 115cm W | Image size 140cm H x 105cm W
Edition of 8 + 2 AP
Unframed | Custom framing available | Medium + XL sizes also available
Shrunken by monolithic bows beneath an iceberg of green he stands there, still, alone.
A scent of life drifts through cloaking him in calmness.
Bars of wood jet skyward pushing around the solemn creature the rise and fall, every stone and cut of leaf a map to follow.
A trail shifts snaking through the undergrowth towards a small pool of water mirroring the world around.
The animal stops, statued, staring down the deep soft wet.
Memories flow, it sees itself peering back, back, back the fog lifting.
The final haze ascends, clarity abounds.
“I know this place, I’ve always been here!”
Cardwell+McLachlan is the new collaborative project between photographer Simon Cardwell and sculptor Stuart McLachlan. Through the creation of mythical scenes, the pair pose questions regarding the ‘progress’ of humanity and our impact on the natural world.
Hand-cut paper sculpture skeletons sit amongst an organic ecosystem, created by two the artists from living plants and rock. The photographic series titled Acquiesce proposes alternative narratives to those readily forced upon us about the impact of humanity on the natural world. The duo imagines instead a post-human world, born from a past that has dethroned even the most resilient and prolific of species, sparing none.
Through cutting, building and forming paper Stuart McLachlan searches for ways to reflect alternate narratives to issues that compound humanity. All aspects of the tiny sculptures are created by hand – from the drawing of concepts to the cutting, gluing and eventual building – everything is considered. Painstaking care is taken to create these stories, to draw the viewer into an alternate world.
Simon Cardwell’s final shot creates a sense of awe, exploring identity, in the context of environmental concerns, human freedoms and isolation. Yet his light, colour and focus help create a moment that is at once intimate and overwhelming.