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Lament

Installation: printmaking, sound, sculpture
2016




Lament examines the fate of Aeneas’ wife Creusa in Virgil’s The Aeneid. Creusa is left behind by her husband, her spirit confined to the walls of Troy for eternity. Her story, little explored in visual culture, is amplified into an immersive narrative experience, allowing the audience to begin to inhabit the uncomfortable space hollowed out by Creusa’s spirit. This experience is crafted through drawing, 
sculpture, and spoken word. I have used the material language of the sea and the cliffs – clay, salt, and chalk – to make relics forged from the shadow Creusa’s spirit casts through history.



from The Aeneid
Book II

There came to my sight a pitiful phantom, the wraith
Of Creusa herself, but larger in form than of old.
In my terror, my hair stood on end, speech stuck in my throat;
Then she spoke to me, taking away my grief with her words





                            I that am Trojan by birth
And a daughter-in-law of Venus; but on these shores
The gods’ great mother will keep me.




Cavities I
Acrylic on paper








Cavities

Paintings
Ongoing, 2017






Cavities II
Acrylic on paper



Roots 

Paintings made in response to a trip to Colombia
Ongoing, 2017









Roots II
Oil on board


Roots I
Oil on board



                                                             



Fabrications

Sculpture
2015

A series of constructions in response to John Berger's And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief As Photos. I wanted to explore how the idea of home as a safe space can be reassembled once it has been dismantled and fragmented in the ways described in Berger's work, through different kinds of emigration and exile. With this in mind, I began forming constructions based on how these fragments of home can be translated so that they might fit back together.

The More Things Change

Writing, collage, monotype
Publication, 2015


An alternative history of the Isle of Sheppey, loosely inspired by the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, ‘The Autumn of the Patriarch’. The narrative is constructed with a nod to magic realism, whereby I created a fictional benevolent dictator to occupy a real location and inhabit its history. I chose a visual language that combines photographs of real objects with drawing, photocopies and monoprinting, investigating the ways in which the materiality of image making can interweave with the content of the text.



Cover

Map (pp. 06-07)

The People of Hye (pp. 14-15)



Introduction
(p. 09)

This is a book about the much loved, yet sadly short lived, independent state of Hye. Led by the late Berta Lucrece Scott-Seve, the islanders of Hye demonstrated formidable courage in the face of incredible adversity.




Here is their story: the curse, the polyps, the sheep, and all.





After Phryne

Ink, pencil, gesso
2016
 

An ongoing project in which the story of Phryne is examined in the context of the relationship between today’s woman and her body. Phryne was spared the death penalty for impiety when her breasts were bared to the judges and they could not find her guilty in the face of the evidence of her relationship to Aphrodite herself.

Questions, collaborations, commissions? I am always happy to hear from you!




© Rebecca Truscott-Elves 2017