‘Artistic Time’ 


1) Udachnaya pipe, view to northern side from the deep, photographer Khakimov Khabir, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/%D0%A2%D1%80%D1%83%D0%B1%D0%BA%D0%B0_%D0%A3%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%87%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F
2) The Other Orebody, 2019, graphite on paper on foil, detail, photographer Brian Mac Domhnaill
3) The Other Orebody, 2019, graphite on paper on foil, detail, photographer Brian Mac Domhnaill
4) Udachnaya pipe, west side from the deep, photographer Khakimov Khabir, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/%D0%A2%D1%80%D1%83%D0%B1%D0%BA%D0%B0_%D0%A3%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%87%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F

The photographs from the Udachnaya pipe are some of the only one I could find that were made from deep in the open pit. The Udachnaya pipe, (which means “lucky”) is located just within the Arctic Circle, is 530 meters deep, and one of the most productive in Alrosa's diamond field. It is being exploited as efficiently as possible, which means as fast as (safely) possible. This is in contrast to the uneconomic amount of time that many artists take in making their work, which often isn't sold, and which might even be made with no goal in mind except to create something. Efficiency is often the enemy of this creative process, which open, unbounded, and associative and unfettered by calculations.

There is a connection between my drawings and diamonds through the materials – graphite and diamonds have the same chemical composition, they are both composed of pure carbon atoms. This has led me to think about the relationship between drawing and mining. Orebody is the term used by geologists to describe the vein of minerals or other resources they seek to locate for possible exploitation. In the graphite drawings The Other Orebody, which took a very long time to make, I try to re-frame this resource as an imaginative one, and to open space for dialogue about the relationship of human beings with our surroundings, and the way perception may influence the values that can have such a destructive impact on those surroundings. I would like to begin to frame drawing as an alternative form of  excavation, in which undrawn parts of the paper may become a space of imagination instead of depletion.




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