Anna Pietrzak

Ruins, artefacts, and relics are trapped in moments of entropy. They live in our minds not as they were originally conceived, but how they appear upon discovery. This tension presents challenges in preservation and documentation. Should these forms revert to how they existed in the past? Freeze themselves in their present state? Or be allowed to continue to decay until they ultimately disappear? This series contrasts two forms of representation to document objects that could have existed within another era. One piece uses traditional etching techniques that harken back to 19th century, European, scientific drawing sensibility, utilising fine linework and precision to convey realism. The second uses an embossing method and imprints a relief into the surface of a gilded page. This impressed drawing of the primitive shape looks like it could have been created in the same time as when the artefact was first conceived. The first reads as a more contemporary drawing of an ancient object and the second an ancient drawing of an ancient object. The third piece is a marriage of the two, almost as though he/she who discovered the artefact much later took cues from the ancient drawing to create a hybrid work.