Transient Global Amnesia

Transient Global Amnesia is a series of work created in response to the increasing number of endangered species facing extinction.  

 

 

The Scream 

Carrara Marble, 70 x 41 x 44 cm
2018

The Scream is the open mouth of a hippopotamus carved into a geometrical shape reminiscent of an old TV set.  The work is a reflection of 'nature screaming' with human hands reflecting our part in the demise of many species and a nod to Edvard Munch's 1893 painting of the same title, that was itself inspired by Munch's distress over the ecological impact on his city during the industrial revolution.

 

High and Dry

Breccia Medicea, 60 x 50 x 80 cm
2018

 

This work depicts the head of a blue whale perched on a precipice reflecting the species' precarious position in our ecosystem. The marble, Breccia Medicea, which has been used since Roman times and was favoured by the Medici family, lends itself perfectly to this work with its beautiful water-like markings. Amethyst and quartz are just some of the minerals found in this stone.

Elephantom

Carrara Marble, 64 x 80 x 29 cm
2017

This work in stone is reminiscent of both an elephant trunk and an ammonite fossil and symbolises the threatened status of elephants in the wild today.

Wry?No!

Carrara Marble, 31 x 66 x 10 cm
2017

'Wry?No!' is a sculpture, hand carved in Carrara Marble, that is a commentary on the ills of machismo trophy-hunting and the illegal horn trade, an endeavour that is responsible for decimating the world’s rhino population by more than 90 percent over the past 40 years. The situation is not wry. It is a serious problem. With ground rhino horn being worth more than gold on the illegal rhino horn market, and considered a cure for many common ailments in traditional medicine, the work highlights the fallacy that it can heal. Tragically, the rhino is being sentenced to death. 

The making of Elephantom

Digital work availible on Sedition Art

Elephantom is a video work by Emma Elliott which is derived from her sculptural work of the same name. The work is a time-lapsed video of the creation process of the work, accompanied by an ambient soundtrack by Caspar Leopard. The work begins with a solid block of marble that is slowly shaped and carved over 28 days. Other artists work in the background as Elliott chisels and sands the work into its final form.