Commonly considered the greatest exercise in land exploitation is gold mining. I was inspired to work with gold after a friend and I were driving through a remote part of Swaziland, where we came across a new gold mine. The destruction of the natural landscape was devastating, and I could not help but wonder why humankind was prepared to ruin natural sites in order to excavate its resources. I wanted to know what value it adds to our lives.
My research revealed that the answer lies in personal adornment, and it is fact that some 50% of all new gold produced is fabricated into jewellery. This staggering statistic led my process to returning the gold back to the land, metaphorically speaking. In my Monuments series I apply real gold leaf to paintings of sites of human-made landscapes as a way to monumentalise humankind’s self-destructive industrial prowess.
All above artworks are 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper 
Title: Monuments - 16
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 4
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 15
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 8
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 9
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 2
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 13
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 3
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 12
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 6
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 10
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 5
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 11
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper 
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Title: Monuments - 7
Size: 700 x 700mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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The gold has a lively reflective quality. It shines almost white when reflecting sunlight, gold under lamp light, and sometimes totally recedes into the background.
Title: Monuments - 1
Size: 1000 x 1000mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and imitation gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 17
Size: 1000 x 1000mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
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Title: Monuments - 18
Size: 1000 x 1000mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
SOLD
Title: Monuments - 19
Size: 1000 x 1000mm
Medium: Acrylic paint and genuine gold-leaf on archival paper ​​​​​​​
AVAILABLE
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