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Eliot's Last Draft by John Newling

Eliot\'s Last Draft by John Newling

Gift from the artist 2018.

This work was commissioned especially for the exhibition Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ which explored the significance of T.S. Eliot’s poem through the visual arts. John pulped copies of the poem and composted them with vegetable matter, eventually creating soil. He then used the soil to grow plants, one of which can be seen dried and pressed, then attached to the surface of the work. He then produced paper from the soil in effect resurrecting the book.