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Dragon & elephant II (2010)

White and black enamel, sulphur, graphite and vermillion

I have adapted Pliny’s myth. Five paintings represent the five elements: white, black, sulphur, graphite and vermillion. Graphite represents lead. The fighting elephant and dragon becomes fragmented. The painting deals with essentialism. It transforms from white to black. The graphite and sulphur becomes performative as the graphite melts in the sulphur. Graphite becomes a protective anti-violence medium as it is commonly used as a nuclear anti-reactor.

Thresholds: Natural pigments and paintboxes, violence, myths, poems and narratives, performance