Boo Saville (b. Norwich, 1980)
Lives/Works in London, UK
Saville explores the surreal origins and mysterious forms of human remains, geology and archaeology. Her work looks both at the process of making drawings and the material used to achieve it. Saville's preferred sources are often photographs from scientific or archaeological textbooks. Purely documentary and non-subjective in their approach, these images catalogue an archive of curled and gnarled human phenomena, also often the victims of bizarre and intriguing sacrificial murders.
This etching shows a carved wooden model of a Christian Martyr who was beheaded. It was found in an Abbey in France and shows an unusual amount of anatomical detail. For me it describes a moment where religious questioning, art and science coexist.
The process of etching was also a very important tool at the time for the exchange of ideas and understanding the human body.
Etching on Hard Ground and Aquatint
48.5 x 37.5 cm
Edition of 25