Alastair Mackie - Epitaph

Found boulder, off-cut material, canvas, frame. Meadow Arts commission 2014.

Alastair Mackie - Epitaph

Found boulder, off-cut material, canvas, frame. Meadow Arts commission 2014.

Alastair Mackie - Epitaph

Found boulder, off-cut material, canvas, frame. Meadow Arts commission 2014.

Alastair Mackie - Epitaph (Digital sketch of artistic process)

Sandstone, sandstone dust. Meadow Arts commission, 2014.

Alastair Mackie - Epitaph (Selecting a stone)

Sandstone, sandstone dust. Meadow Arts commission, 2014. Image by Sophie Molins.

Epitaph

Meadow Arts commission (2014)
Found boulder, off-cut material, canvas, frame

Using a process of three-dimensional scanning, digital re-scaling, and a five axis robotic milling machine a 2mm deep skin has been systematically removed from the surface of a sandstone boulder from the quarry at Hardwick Hall.

The off-cut material has been collected from the milling machine's filtration system and screen-printed to create a wall-mounted linear panel of pigment.

Commissioned for National Trust's Hardwick Hall to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Robert Smythson and the men who built Hardwick.

Read about Sophie Molins' film, Donor Rock 1, documenting Mackie's artistic process as he created Epitaph.

More about the film

With thanks to Fenland RP Ltd.

Alastair Mackie

Alastair Mackie's complex practice is often labour-intensive but the result is almost always disarmingly simple. The artist brings order to nature's chaos by reconciling the formal with the conceptual, thereby challenging our deep-rooted sense of separation between the manmade and natural world.

In his most recent body of work the conceptual aesthetic of minimalism is reconsidered through the use of natural materials. The transformation of states of being is at the heart of Mackie's practice, which leads to a new perception of the natural world that surrounds us.

Alastair Mackie's solo exhibitions include: I was there in Arcadia, All Visual Arts London, 2011, Mimetes Anon and Not Waving But Drowning, both in London in 2009. He has also taken part in group exhibitions in many different countries: his work has been shown in Athens, Los Angeles and Milan, as well as in South Korea. Mackie's work is widely collected.

www.alastairmackie.com