"I am not just constructing installations, but metaphors for our existence and museums of ephemeral experiences."
Rachel Sycamore explores the parallels between Art and Archaeology through the construction of atmospheric cabinets and installations. These become vessels into which she curates significant artefacts from her own and other people’s pasts. There are two parts to the installation ‘Abandoned Heritage of a Soul; Archaeology of a Life’. The first part represents the physical life that we leave behind, abandoned and frozen at the moment of death. The second part has to be discovered and represents the archaeology of a life: memories, beliefs, experiences, losses and loves. The result is a hybrid of walk-in curiosity cabinet, Neolithic tomb and museum. Making etchings allows the artist to explore some of the properties of preservation, evocative of archaeological display.