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Heavy Friends - Trethevy Quoit, 2024


Image of Heavy Friends - Trethevy Quoit, 2024

Print size 9.6 x 6.2 cm, paper size 17.8 x 16.7 cm. Linocut and monoprint, hand burnished on Tosa Shi 54gsm, edition of 50.

The second in a 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 their original purpose was lost to time. They have become familiar friends, a seemingly unchanging constant in a rapidly changing world.

Trethevy Quoit stands at 2.7m tall and towers over you as you approach. You eye is drawn skyward and you can't resist peering through the unusual natural hole in the capstone and wonder if the builders were purposely highlighting a special spot in the heavens. Made of giant stones and having stood for thousands of years, the apparent permanence of these structures masks their true fragility. In 2017, Trethevy Quoit was added to Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register.

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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