Jill Price, Material Shadows #006 (front & back), 2017, fur, graphite and charcoal on stonehenge
Material Shadows are a series of drawings that record the shadows beneath textiles. Different fabrics produced different shadows based on their material content, offering data about their water absorption and decomposition rate. Impressions within the paper were then used to guide the shading in of shadows as a way of acknowledging how all materials have agency within the assemblage of a shadow. Double impressions of fabric revealed anthropogenic formations, offering a visual metaphor for how all material, whether natural, plastic or toxic, will become part of the human make-up. When working with materials like fur, it became clear how materials also contain or cast psychological shadows due to the violence interwoven into their social, economic and ecological histories.