Effaced Watercolour

Effaced watercolour – Portrait of an unidentified man by Ludwig Becker

2019
Metallic chromogenic print
Image size: 850 x 570 mm (h x w)
Edition of 1 (+ an artist’s proof)


Effaced watercolour

In the visual arts, the importance of water as a generative and creative element cannot be underestimated. This is especially true for watercolour paintings and analogue photography. Yet from an archival and conservation perspective water is the enemy. It erodes and effaces the very things it helps create.

This series, Effaced Watercolour explores this paradox. By using historical watercolours, I erode and efface the original image by rephotographing the work through water. In doing so, the original image is figuratively washed away leaving behind its parasitic echo.