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Different Dirt (Found in America: Lost in Britain: Found in Britain: Lost in America) by Cornelia Parker

Different Dirt (Found in America: Lost in Britain: Found in Britain: Lost in America) by Cornelia Parker
Accession Code: wu1072
Title
:Different Dirt (Found in America: Lost in Britain: Found in Britain: Lost in America)
Date completed
: 2008
Classification
: Prints
Medium
: Archival Inkjet Prints
Height
(mm): 360

Width (mm): 440
Depth (mm):
Inscription:
Location Name: Millburn House
Location Description: Writing Centre
Location Floor: 0

One of a series of 6 prints entitled Different Dirt (Found in America: Lost in Britain: Found in Britain: Lost in America). This print has the title 11 Dug buckles, nice detector finds/relics.

This series of six prints features images of objects exhumed from the ground. The artefacts were dug up by hobbyists and amateur archaeologists with the aid of metal detectors from various locations in the US and the UK. They were then sold as lots on eBay and bought by the artist.

She has scanned them in such a way that they seem to be hovering in mid-air; it recalls her other work like the walls of suspended stone and the suspended blown up shed. Opposite each image is the description that the detectorist wrote to sell the items on ebay. Some are matter-of-fact - others are idiomatic and personal. Each item was then reburied in specific sites on the opposite side of the Atlantic, in a kind of reverse archaeology.

Much of Parker's work uses these sorts of ready-mades, created or discovered by others, appropriated by her and repurposed in a formal, almost ritualistic way. Here, the process of loss, recovery and loss is evidenced through documentation. The objects themselves may not be found again or they may be found and lost again but these works assert that they exist somewhere in the earth.