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June Nelson

This work is drawn with the smoke of a burning candle. It produces an 'amorphous carbon' or soot deposit on a surface. For me this elusive, unpredictable medium captures the fragility and transience of life. Fuelled by an interest in female agency, I frequently use history and mythology to stand witness to often hidden or silenced lives. A toiletries box with a patterned lid echoed the elaborate dress on a postcard of Elizabeth I. They are brought together by cutting around the pattern, drawing over the edges with the candle flame, and inserting a smoke portrait within the box.

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