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Giclee print on archival paper, numbered and signed.

DESCRIPTION

I’m interested in knots. Sounds a bit silly right? But knots….. Knots are probably the first technology humans made, predating the wheel. Knots are in everything around us. For instance, our clothing is basically a series of interwoven knots. Our world is built from a complicated series of chemical knots - new materials binding atoms in different ways.

The basic elements that make up our technology are built, soldered and bound together. The act of whacking a nail into a bit of wood binds those two elements together, which is effectively a form of knot. And so on.

So I want to portray some of the most basic of knots. And I want to use ice to do it.

Besides a striking visual, ice is thematically correct as well - ice binds. And just as knots have made our civilisation, without water, we wouldn’t exist.

That’s where this image came from. It’s both a test and possibly the start of the series. We didn’t made a proper knot in this image, I just threw a bunch of elements in to see how they played on camera, and my partner Dominique built the set to reflect what was in it.

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photographic artwork, ice, ship, sea, water, knots, frozen, australian, australian artwork, still life, garden, mandarin tree