WEST KENNET LONGBARROW


PORTAL LIGHT
oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2001, 230
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Looking out towards the external sarsens from within the deepest chamber. The irradiating glow around the candle draws focus from the entrance whilst the build up of layers of paint create the stone work and shadows within the chambers. There is a natural tranquility to this tomb which belies its constructed purpose and the enclosure behind its later portal stones. I have never been able to wear a Walkman because of the paranoia of missing external sounds and being unable to heed their warnings - such an enclosed space as West Kennet, where a shaft of light allows you to see that there is nothing to see without or within engenders the same sensation, although here security is prevailent. Means a lot to me, anyway. Always smells sublimely of scented offerings in here, although there's invariably a condom in a puddle these days.
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art:
1. Portal Light
2. Portal Slabs
3. West Kennet Longbarrow 1
4. West Kennet Longbarrow 2
photos:
5. West Kennet 1
6. West Kennet 2

WEST KENNET LONG BARROW, WILTSHIRE
A magnificent chambered tomb constructed about 3600BCE. Probably in use for around 1000 years before being infilled and closed 500 years later. The long barrow is 325 long and up to 8 high, with a surrounding ditch 10 deep and 20 wide. 5 burial chambers lie within, sarsen lined, and the length of the passageway is around 35. Excavations by Thurman in 1859 cleared nearly half of the infill and uncovered 1 chamber with several burials and beaker pottery within. Pigott and Atkinson resumed excavations in 1955 and cleared the passage to reveal the other 4 chambers and in total the bones from 46 individuals have been recorded along with pottery and flints.
OS: SU.104.677 A few minutes walk up a footpath, south of the A4 between Marlborough and Avebury.



WEST KENNET 1


PORTAL SLABS
oil on canvas, 20" x 16", 2002, 129

I originally intended this to be a simple study of the exterior of West Kennet in the rain, enhancing the hidden colours of the stones, and to some extent it still is. However, I found myself drawn more to striations of the stone itself than the elements and wanted to capture more of the starkness of its purpose than its appearance.
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WEST KENNET LONGBARROW 1
ink & charcoal, A3, 2000, 70



WEST KENNET LONGBARROW 2
ink, A4, 2002, 35

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WEST KENNET 2

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