Jarrad Martyn

Dust to Dust

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October 2022

20

Oct

2022

11

Nov 2022

Gallery 2

Dust to Dust

Jarrad Martyn

20

October 2022

20

October

2022

11

November 2022

Gallery 2

‘Dust to Dust’ explores the evolution of collective memory, and the function of public monuments. Societies relationship with icons and monuments are in a constant state of flux. Coupled with the Black Lives Matter Movement, a increased awareness of the traditional custodians of the land, and the simultaneous COVID-19 pandemic, the moral accountability and achievements of memorialised figures, such as former colonisers has been questioned.Through painting, the principles of bricolage are used to collate research and imagery to create alternative representations. Presented through ambiguous museum interiors, where motifs from different contexts are juxtaposed together. COVID Hazmat-suit wearing figures are ‘sanitising’ history, and are set against both ancient and modern monuments removed from their usual contexts. By presenting these motifs together, the work encourages the audience to question how representingthese ideas in new contexts can serve to educate us, rather than conceal the unpleasant facts and historical narratives.

‘Dust to Dust’ explores the evolution of collective memory, and the function of public monuments. Societies relationship with icons and monuments are in a constant state of flux. Coupled with the Black Lives Matter Movement, a increased awareness of the traditional custodians of the land, and the simultaneous COVID-19 pandemic, the moral accountability and achievements of memorialised figures, such as former colonisers has been questioned.Through painting, the principles of bricolage are used to collate research and imagery to create alternative representations. Presented through ambiguous museum interiors, where motifs from different contexts are juxtaposed together. COVID Hazmat-suit wearing figures are ‘sanitising’ history, and are set against both ancient and modern monuments removed from their usual contexts. By presenting these motifs together, the work encourages the audience to question how representingthese ideas in new contexts can serve to educate us, rather than conceal the unpleasant facts and historical narratives.

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Jarrad Martyn

His practice explores humanity’s relationship with the natural environment and how different historical events are framed. Through painting and drawing Martyn employs the principle of bricolage, something constructed from a diverse range of things, to collate academic research and its associated imagery to create an alternate conversation.