PAUL EMMANUEL: SUBSTANCE OF SHADOWS
Currently in production. Date and venue to be confirmed

The only thing we can be certain of is change. We try to hold onto memories in the hope of maintaining some coherence and continuity, but our memories are largely inventions, and they too change over time. We commemorate our invented pasts in an attempt to fix them in the present. We even impose them on the generations that come after us, linking them to the past through anniversaries, memorials, pilgrimages and rites of passage, in an attempt to bind their lives to ours. Ultimately we know more about the grand narratives we create about the past than the past itself. We cannot hold onto the substance of the past. It has been recycled and re-purposed into new forms. Our memories are poor, distorted, sentimental and superstitious copies.

This proposed exhibition (title still to be decided) is a collection of works scratched by hand onto delicate carbon 'paper' or film that continue to explore my fascination with the tenuous nature of memory. These carbon 'shadows' are all metaphors for carbon copies and products of one of life's greatest narrratives – the carbon cycle. Carbon is an element in nature.



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