IAIN MACHELL   Drawings and Sculpture
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stone, hand-cut letters
variable dimensions
A long-standing interest in making drawings of the landscape has now turned into a desire to make drawings in the landscape. In this case I am drawing in stone and wood with chisels, to explore the strained relationship between landscape and human nature and the concept of landscape being a place that is both threatening and under threat, a place that is suspicious and potentially hiding danger and secrets.
This ongoing exploration combines the traditional craft of letter-cutting with the use of signage and text from contemporary warfare graphics, security manuals and military advertising, all of which intervene with the natural landscape sites, carved into organic materials to interrupt our enjoyment of nature. Sited in the Hudson Valley they also function as a more anxious response to landscape art, a dark mirror held up to the romanticism of the Hudson River School painters.
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