history as art; art as history
The art process illustrates the process of history writing and like history writing produces an interpretation, a construct, a palimpsest of meanings: the end product is a visual representation of history writing, an artefact. Art here comments on and illustrates history's preservation and exhibition of relics of the past; its claims to authenticity, objectivity and truth; its removal of authorship. Texts, the materials of history, become the materials of art. The found objects are inscribed with texts and become textual artefacts.
London Rocks is a record of the river Thames through stones, ink, paper, writings, prints and sounds. The river is viewed as an archive of natural and man-made objects and fragments that come and go with the tides, and of a variety of texts written about it and of the people and places in its vicinity. The allure of the Thames-as-an-archive lies in its hidden objects, its changing shapes, the multiplicity of the texts, the thrill of discovery of the past washed on its foreshore.