The Earthworks and Mummification paintings date from 1989, forming Graff’s earliest body of work, and includes the period from 2001-2005, when the artist was based in North Africa. These multi-layered earth paintings and sculptures are charged with primordial spirit, which reflect the artist’s interest in ancient and tribal art. As curator James Putnam wrote: ‘The Mummification paintings feature bound and shrouded items that resemble time capsules or grave goods and include pages from the artist’s diaries, photographs and letters. Graff’s fascination for the ancient artefacts as containers of memory is reminiscent of Freud’s view of archeology as a metaphor for psychoanalysis that involved him digging into his patient’s minds to uncover hidden experiences.’




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