We are making a new world (after Paul Nash) #2

Hand-engraved core sample from the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia

We are making a new world (after Paul Nash) #2, was created with a basalt (approx. 2.7 billion years old) core sample from the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia. Core samples, from diamond drilling in mining exploration, are analysed to determine whether they contain any precious metals. Thereafter, in most cases, they become a by-product. This artwork references Paul Nash’s iconic image, We are Making a New World (1918) oil on canvas, which shows the destruction of war upon a landscape. The environmental impact of both war and mining are violent and spectacular, as is the justification. This is an uncomfortable comparison, deliberately illuminated.

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by Lee Harrop