Artist / Simon Faithfull
These palm pilot drawings are laser etched onto perspex set in a light housing and were made during a residency with the British Antarctic Survey when the artist travelled to the ice cliffs of Antarctica via Ascension Island, the Falklands and several sub-antarctic islands. Using the extremely restricted means of the Palm-Pilot, the pixellated drawings depict any number of things: a detail of the ship, a weather balloon disappearing, an abandoned whaling station, Shackleton’s grave, a colony of penguins, a wandering Albatross or a drifting iceberg. The project will convey the extreme mechanics of the journey, the tedium of isolation and the awful beauty of a journey into the void. Ultimately the work will look at what it is that fascinates us still about this beautiful emptiness.