Rock Face Falling, Cave Face, and Crash
Individual dimensions: 1570 x 1140 mm
Reclaimed Nimrod Aircraft Panels, Vinyl wrapped
My current body of work Unknown Landings concentrates on using only reclaimed, gifted, or traded materials. This concept was applied to support the subjective interests concerning waste.
In the production of Rock Face Falling, Cave Face and Crash multiple reclaimed materials were considered. The material needed to conceptually relate to the whole body of work, whilst also not detracting from the photographs portrayed on the surface. In deliberating materials an independent study visit to Winchester Science Museum was conducted. Whilst at the museum an image was found on Google maps of the Davis-Monthan Airforce base in Tuscon, USA.
The image displayed a colossal scale of disregarded aircrafts. Some of the aircrafts had been purposely dismembered to show Russian military, via satellite images, that the aircrafts were out of use. It was this image that led to the decision of using reclaimed aircraft panels as part of the artwork. Considering current Russian military issues in the news, this also made an interesting topical aspect to the works.
The panels chosen came from an aircraft called a Nimrod. The Nimrod was in action during the wars in the Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq. The aircraft was used for rescue missions and also as a spy plane. The Nimrod was later discontinued due to the cost of the aircrafts. This supported the subjective interests in Western concepts of worth and waste. As the aircrafts were designed, manufactured, briefly used and then dismantled and sent for scrap.
Taking influence from The Garden of Earthly Delights, Bosch 1490, Rock Face Falling, Cave Face and Crash are intended to be read left to right. This concept represents the progression from past to future.
The prints used in the triptych depict a marble quarry in Carrara Italy. The photographs represent the impact of the Great Acceleration. Representing the beginning of the Anthropic period the first image Rock Face Falling, displays the least abstract image of the triptych. This symbolizes a level of understanding and respect for the natural world displayed by the Neanderthal community. The images then become more distorted, blurred, and cropped. This progression of abstraction symbolizes the evolution of mankind. It represents the growth of mankind’s denial towards the impact on the landscape.