Ethan Dodd: Loss –

Ethan Dodd
Loss
29.11.2017 – 16.12.2017
Drinks/Diodydd 29.11.2017, 6-8pm

Transience is of great importance to my process; each work is crafted for a particular exhibition or instance in my life, and once shown, is not shown again. From the corpse and remnants of this previous piece, another gestates and blossoms. As my work has developed, each further work has become an amalgamation of everything before it – culminating in an esoteric, visual language inspired by the serene beauty, mythology, and heritage of my country.

Through experimentation with ‘Dead matter’ as a material within my practice, I have come to favour ash and burnt matter as a symbolic material. Relating to notions of transmutation from different forms of existence, and a metaphor for industry and decay through the hands of man, I have become enamoured with the purifying aspects of cremation. Ash, the remnants, are inherently filled with goodness and nutrients to fertilise the next spring.

I consistently draw inspiration from my home; the South Wales Valleys, and the various economic, cultural and social problems faced by those who live there. The death of the Mining industry has created a very new landscape. A land full of dormant potential, but one that cannot forget the now-rusted ruins sprinkled throughout it, and the importance they once held to the rest of the world’s industry.

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Mae trawsledd yn hynod bwysig i’m proses; mae pob gwaith wedi’i greu ar gyfer arddangosfa neu enghraifft benodol yn fy mywyd, ac unwaith y dangosir, ni ddangosir eto. O’r corff a gweddillion y darn blaenorol hwn, ystumiau a blodau eraill. Fel y mae fy ngwaith wedi datblygu, mae pob gwaith pellach wedi dod yn gyfuniad o bopeth o’r blaen – gan ddod i ben mewn iaith weledol esoteric a ysbrydolir gan harddwch, mytholeg, a threftadaeth serene fy ngwlad.

Trwy arbrofi gyda ‘Mater marw’ fel deunydd o fewn fy ymarfer, rwyf wedi dod o blaid cynffon a deunydd llosg fel deunydd mor hwyr. Yn gysylltiedig â syniadau o drosglwyddiad o wahanol fathau o fodolaeth, ac yn drosiant i ddiwydiant a pydredd trwy ddwylo dyn, rwyf wedi dod yn enamored ag agweddau pwrpasol amlosgi. Yn gynhenid, mae Ash, y gweddillion, wedi eu llenwi â daioni a maetholion i wrteithio’r gwanwyn nesaf.

Rwyf yn gyson yn tynnu ar ysbrydoliaeth o’r lle y cawsom fy nghodi; Cymoedd De Cymru, a’r amrywiol broblemau economaidd, diwylliannol a chymdeithasol a wynebir gan y rhai sy’n byw yno. Mae Marwolaeth y Diwydiant Mwyngloddio wedi creu tirwedd newydd iawn. Tir sy’n llawn potensial segur, ond un sy’n methu anghofio am yr adfeilion sydd bellach yn cael eu gwasgaru, a phwysigrwydd y gweddill diwydiant y byd.

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