Bronze Pieces (since 2016)

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Bronze Pieces

6 Frottages on paper, each 1000x140 cm, 3 Frottages on paper each 400x100 cm (charcoal). 12 objects (bronze).

For several years I have been visiting the rock carvings near by Järrestad, in the south of Sweden. The carvings date from the late Stone Age and the Bronze Age. They depict animals, ships, footprints and humans. I wonder what do the motifs actually mean, why are they put exactly at this location, who has made them and what for? Are they language in fact? Do they record experience or discovery? Do they give instructions for some ritual? The theories, which exist, can’t be verified.
I copied these traces using frottage. Learning by copying – like learning a word via repetition. I’m surprised about my visual results: beside the historical pictograms I can discover geological stone structures, glacier traces from the ice ages and marks of erosion (due to the wind always blowing from one direction) on the paper; I also recognize my tired and impatient hand, the uneven charcoal and stuff like grass, leaves, cherry stones ...