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Heavy Friends - St Lythans, 2024


Image of Heavy Friends - St Lythans, 2024

Print size 6.3 x 9.6 cm, paper size 17.8 x 16.7 cm. Linocut and monoprint, hand burnished on Tosa Shi 54gsm, edition of 50.

The third in an ongoing series of small prints focusing on dolmens and quoits, the remains of prehistoric burial chambers.

People have been returning to these monuments for countless generations, even after the original rituals were lost to time. They have become familiar friends, a seemingly unchanging constant in a rapidly changing world.

St Lythans/Llwyneliddon, the remains of a Neolithic burial chamber stands on a high point in the local landscape in South Wales. It's entrance is believed to face "east so that those within could be warmed by the reviving force of the rising sun, forever." (Cadw onsite information board.)

A work of contrasts, I wanted to convey the immense mass of these monuments at a small scale and place the imposing permanence of the stone's silhouette against a monoprinted sky of ever changing soft cloud forms and light.

Title inspired by the track ‘Heavy Friends’ by Boris, from the album Heavy Rocks.

Due to the nature of monoprinting, the cloud forms and tones vary slightly across the edition.

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