Ceylon III

Chris Drury (1948 - )

Digital inkjet print with handwritten text in ink

2005

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Sri Lanka
    City: Colombo
    Place: British High Commission

    'Ceylon III' is scanned from a 1945 map that once belonged to Chris Drury's uncle. Used and folded over time, mildewed and annotated in pen, it is redolent of Britain's colonial past, and of Drury's family history. Superimposed on it is a spore print from a mushroom, its natural patterns indicating its lifecycle, a subject that is of great interest to Drury. This circular pattern provides the foundation for minute lines of intricately handwritten text which relate to Drury's childhood in Ceylon, and his later trip to Sri Lanka in 1987. The work is a unique form of landscape depiction, not only of a place, but also of individual recollection.

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  • Details
    Title
    Ceylon III
    Date
    2005
    Medium
    Digital inkjet print with handwritten text in ink
    Dimensions
    height: 100.00 cm, width: 61.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Commissioned from the artist, February 2005
    Inscription
    see object note
    Provenance
    the artist (commission)
    GAC number
    18014