Excavation (i) (2010)

 

h: 178.5mm, w: 317.5mm: black and white, digital print

 

 

'Excavation (i)' reflects my fascination for construction work, which extends to excavation sites found in the urban landscape.

 

There are parallels to be drawn between material excavation relating to ongoing, public architectural development and the private, psychic unearthing involved in subjective (re)formation.

 

Such sites intrigue me in terms of their raw materiality and vulnerability to the gaze - and to the patriarchal capitalist imperatives underlying urban development. Somewhat paradoxically, I also find these sites exciting in terms of their temporal, momentary evocation of a powerful presence, one that is not so much hinged between past and future, but capable of rupturing and re-structuring the very idea of time and the symbolic.