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Artwork for Annihilation (by Eric Nyquist)
The series is set in an unspecified point in the future, with the first book following a team of scientists as they enter the dangerous and carefully controlled Area X.
The landscape of Area X is dominated by lush vegetaion, but the ruins and remains of peoples lives and actions are to be found there too. Although she is a biologist, the narrator’s knack for observation and description would have made her an excellent archaeolgoist.
Near the start of the book, the team of scientists come across a structure – an inverted tower. Down the spiral stair case they find traces of living words written upon the walls.
The narrator describes the writing and traces of former writing:
” there existed a ghosting of prior words…It was hard to read them – there were several overlapping strands that started and stopped and started up again. The number of such ghost scripts faded into the wall suggested this process had been ongoing for a long time.”
This passage made me think of Dr A’s paper on Irish passage tomb art. Discussing the art found inside the tombs he notes the “intense degree of superimposition” of images inside the tomb at Knowth, with primary images “providing a visual trace for subsequent reworking”.
Given a choice, I’d far rather take my chances with time travel and meeting the artists of Knowth and Newgrange than venture into Area X and risk meeting the author of the words in the tower.
Links to other Archaeological Oddities can be found here.
Here is the first in my Archaeological Oddities series. Links to other Archaeological Oddities can be found here.
I first came across his work several years ago, and was especially taken with his observation of field systems and archaeological features in the Wiltshire landscape. The exhibition looked at major sites – Avebury, Stonehenge and Uffington. Hughes is notable for the clean lines and colours in his artwork, but what I enjoyed in this exhibition is the feeling of movement. Hughes shows the world we see as we walk through the landscape – a wall seen from above, as you would when crossing a stile, a stone circle seen from odd angles, stones crowding one another.
Standing in front of one of his paintings you can feel the dip and rise of the landscape beneath your feet.
If you can’t make it to one of his exhibitions, then get your hands on his new book which includes more archaeological sites in Wessex and Orkney.