Preservation 
(September 2021)

'Preservation' is a response to research looking into the ethical curation of ethical remains. I had been intrigued by how we distance ourselves from the idea of death when entering galleries or museums presenting human remains (from mummies to skeletons.) The clean and clinical atmosphere alongside the distancing effect of time often separates the decomposed bodies from reality and turns them into an item. 

In this experimentation, I used clay to model parts of the 'Lady of Paviland'. The Red Lady of Paviland was discovered in 1823 by Wiliam Buckland. He misidentified the body as being a roman prostitute and dated the body to be 5,000 years old. However, after further dating, the skeleton was revealed to be a man in his 20s of good health who died 34,000 years ago (Upper Paleolithic period.) Making him the oldest human remains found within the United Kingdom. His bones are covered in red ochre which comes from the caves he was found in. 

To create these images I used clay, cardboard and clingfilm in a scanner to manipulate images to create a sense of being at a burial site.