Graves and Caves by Michelle Hanlin


Acrylic on canvas | 56 x 56

Graves and Caves is from my recent solo exhibition, ‘Wedge Would Alabaster’, which was about our relationship to objects and structures and the meaning and value we bestow on them. This painting offers a conversation between two structures – a tombstone and a stalagmite – equalised in composition and situation. One is hewn from stone and signifies death and the gradual erosion of the body and memory in the passing of time. Whilst the stalagmite is sculpted by the cave itself, in a gradual accrual of geological material over millennia. There is both an ascension and a grounding.

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