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The Essentialists Exhibition: Griffin McAllister

Artwork Gallery

Abstract image drawn in charcoal, water, salt and dirt on paper
Abstract image drawn in charcoal, rain, salt and dirt on paper
Abstract image drawn in charcoal, rain, salt and dirt on paper
Black charcoal on top of dirt and plant matter

Artist Statement

Artist Name: Griffin McAllister

Title: World Clocks

Medium: Found charcoal, dew, rain, salt and dirt on paper

Size/Dimension: 30 in x 22.5 in

Year: 2020

 

World Clocks

Burned trunk with white fungus
From blackened woodland by the riverside
Signs of inhabitants scattered across the fire site
They had tried to burn down that ancient giant
Their dark markings remain long after the embers die

A block of wood brought home as sacrament
A new global clime where sparks become inferno
Out of the ash a piece of charcoal becomes a planet
Reflection on the trees that burn around the world
Layers of earth and morning dew, rain and rock salt added
To make the clock show time
There are no hands to poke holes in the day