Left Anchor

By looking at creating fantasy and a myth in my artwork but also still connecting it to inviable labour by reworking an object by ever spending time, money or both. The way I decided to address this was by taking the anchor and it connecting rope to the tide way to ever get washed away of for someone else to to take it. This was then referencing authorship of the artwork is it mine (the artist) or the new finder of this piece. This is in oppersite to he artist Mark Dion who like my process to start with collected object found in the thames but instead of re-working/ re-making Dion focused on a natural, historical constant. In this case, he turned to the banks of the River Thames, looking for fragments of individual and ephemeral histories. London’s location, its growth and its fortunes can be attributed to the Thames. The two sites yielded a wide variety of artefacts and tokens of life as lined Millbank on the north shore of the Thames and Bankside on the south. Working over a number of days, Dion’s team collected large quantities of items, including clay pipes, vividly decorated shards of delftware, oyster shells and plastic toys. The finds were then meticulously cleaned and classified in ‘archaeologists’ tents’ on the Tate Gallery’s lawn at Millbank during the summer of 1999.

Tate Thames Dig 1999 by Mark Dion born 1961

But the keeping of the object is not the point of the piece is it more about letting go. The Documentation of the work was a series of images of the anchor on the shore line and then when the tide rises it disappearing.


However this didnt seem far enough the work was about the anchor still not on the journey it went on after it being left. Tracking on this anchor would of made this piece, Kattie Paterson used tracking on her work Second Moon. ‘Second Moon’ tracked the cyclical journey of a small fragment of the moon as it circles the Earth, via air freight courier, on a man made commercial orbit. ‘Second Moon’ launched from the British Science Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne on 8 September, on a year long journey from September 2013 to August 2014, that saw it moving in an anti clockwise direction across the UK, China, Australia and the USA. Orbiting at approximately twice the speed of our Moon, over one year Second Moon will orbited the Earth 30 times. ‘Second Moon’ was visualized through an App that tracked the lunar meteorite in relation to the user’s location, the Moon’s location and the orbits of the other planets in our solar system.


Then this tracking would of been the piece not the image of the work but the map on the locations the piece went to.


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