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Life line transferred to a map of Epping Forest, and traced on the ground in sea salt.
Map and ten photographs. 60cms x 80cms
(Collection of the late Peter Cochrane. Currently owned by Jane England)
I had hoped to make this piece on wooded moorland near Malham, in North Yorkshire; partly to connect it with the first 'earth-stain painting' I'd recently made, and partly because of the emotional associations I had with that landscape. But 'finances' in 1972 weren't all that might have been hoped for, so I had to chose a more easily accessible location; essentially one that could be easily reached by public transport from north London.
Work by American artists, such as Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, tended to the dominate the landscape; my work was by comparison almost invisible, and destined to be 'consumed by the nature of its existence'...
*E J (Ted) Power (1899 - 1993), was a pioneering collector of contemporary art and a trustee of the Tate Gallery.