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Songsmith (Fragile Homes) | Collection of editioned artworks, 2018 - ongoing

Songsmith (Fragile Homes) is an ongoing collection of bones and remains that Burchell encounters while walking across landscapes such as the Cradle of Humankind and The Great Karoo.

Burchell finds herself drawn to these vessels that once contained life; drawn to the visible trauma of the bone. Her delicate and ritual manner of embedding a songsmith into these fractures transforms the remains into contemplative memorials. Their song comes from Burchell’s palette of sound creation that relates to ‘Echo of Land’ in her work. She uses it here, as an ode to land’s delicate entanglement with life and death.

Tortoise Shell

Songsmith (Fragile Homes) collection
41 x 41 x 40 cm
Marble dust, M1, kiaat, brass electroplating, speaker, circuit
Edition of 3 + 1AP
Courtesy of Artist

Tortoise Shell was found while in residency at Nirox during the creation of Songsmith (Cradle of Humankind). The Angulate Tortoise is native to Southern Africa. Although not endangered it is on a CITES restriction list for importing and exporting along side Whale Bone and Ivory. In respect of this, the artwork is made of replica bone that the artist sculpted.

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Gemsbok

Songsmith (Fragile Homes) collection
120 x 25 x 25 cm
Marble dust, M1, Kiaat, brass electroplating, speaker, circuit
Edition of 3 + 1AP
Courtesy of Artist

Gemsbok was found during Burchell’s 2017 journey into The Great Karoo, South Africa. At the time she had set up base in the Reitvlei Nature Reserve, nearby Meitjiesfontein, to continue her work on Songsmith (The Great Karoo).

This gemsbok was known in the area for having only a single horn but it had not been seen in a long time. In 2017 and continuing into 2019 the area is suffering its worst recorded drought. While Burchell was walking in the reserve she encountered this animal’s bleached remains and asked the farm owners if she could work with the skull to create an artwork. The rings of his remaining horn, tell a story of life and time, similar to the rings within a tree. This artwork is made of replica bone that the artist sculpted.

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