Earthworks

 

 

The Earthworks and Mummification paintings date from 1989, forming one of the earliest bodies of work and also include an intensely productive period while based in North Africa between 2001-2005. These multi-layered earth paintings and sculptures posess a primordial spirit which marks the artist's interest in ancient and tribal art.

 

 

 

 

"The Mummification paintings feature bound and shrouded items that resemble time capsules or grave goods and include pages from the artist"s diaries, photographs and letters. Graff's fascination for the ancient artifacts as containers of memopry is reminiscent of Freud's view of archiology as a metaphor for psychoanalysis that imvolved him "digging" into his patient's minds to uncover hidden experiences."

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