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Lithics - Emii Alrai

3rd February - 17th March 2024
Quench Gallery

Emii Alrai’s sculptures alongside new drawings which mimic archaeological remnants and the theatrical nature of museums.

Open Friday - Sunday 12pm — 6pm

Spanning seven years of encounters with geology through topographic site visits and institutional collections.

In the gallery, drawings resembling rock formations dwell in closed vitrines, remnants of sculptures are punctured by their crutches and deteriorating clay vessels congregate in corners. 

Referencing correspondence with ethnographers and archaeologists of an imagined past, Lithics explores the romanticism of observation, the yearning for uncovering and the subsequent reconstitution of landscapes into spolia.

Emii Alrai is an artist and trained museum registrar whose work seams material investigation in relation to memory, critique of the western museological structure and the complexity of ruins. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her work operates as large-scale realms built in relation to bodies of research on archaeology and the displacement of objects from their natural environments. Clay amphora, gypsum forms and steel armatures punctuate the labyrinth-like spaces Alrai creates, mimicking museum dioramas and romanticised visions of the past. Weaving in oral histories, inherited nostalgia and the details of language, Alrai's work questions the rigidity of Empire, its paralysis of permanence and the silence of fracture. 

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