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
This was a place of man’s folly, a forgotten one.
Rapture, ambition, excess built the worlds within, one of stone one of tree.
He was part of the grand illusion, of its greed and naïvety, a courtesy to his keepers for their gaze or their walls.
Time had no patience for them their stamina matchless to the eons of forest that engulfed all memory of their ambitions.
The young deer’s limbs slip across the wet blanket of green without haste or worry down to the gully. Stone and steel smothered, washed away with a felt of moss as a gentler scape is born.
It’s time to drink again.
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.