You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice

  • You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, Centro Educativo y Cultural Manuel Gomez Morin, Queretaro, Mexico 2012

    You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, Centro Educativo y Cultural Manuel Gomez Morin, Queretaro, Mexico 2012

  • The Holy text, Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Amusements, Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Distant sounds, Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Gothic, Victorian inspired cabinet detail. Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Door furniture design inspired by French designer Charpentier, Alexandre-Louis-Marie, (1856-1909). Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

    The Impossibility of Death, Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

    The Norfolk Smuggler Myth, Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

    Untitled, Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

    Mi Vida lo siento/My darling, My life, Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

    Platinum, Close up of mural installation, You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice, wall mural installation, 6 x 4 meter, 2102

  • Homage to Frederick Catherwood, Watercolour and gouache on paper, Centro Educativo y Cultural Manuel Gomez Morin, 2012

    Homage to Frederick Catherwood and unknown Teotihuacan Artist, Watercolour and gouache on paper, 2012. Exhibited at Centro Educativo y Cultural Manuel Gomez Morin, Queretaro, Mexico 2012.

Following on from Ex Uno, Plures and inspired by her residency in Mexico during 2011, You Cannot Step into The Same River Twice uses as its source ideas related to the prints and watercolours made by the English artist Frederick Catherwood and the American writer John Lloyd Stephens book entitled: Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatán (first published 1841). Further exploring idiosyncrasies of ancient civilizations, creating links with contemporary cultural issues, and inspired by her own personal experiences, You Cannot Step into The Same River Twice plays on inter-connecting themes. Emma Filipsson incorporates into her work plastic objects observed through research. Predominantly too she uses plastic objects gleaned from seashores and riverbanks. This action acknowledges the conflict between human activities and nature; archaeology is the art of retrieving objects essentially regained by nature. What may be regarded as waste products in one region may be considered as useful and valuable in societies where commodities are scarce. Each found object has been drawn life size and placed within an invented cabinet of plastic curiosities. This is in part paying homage to European traditions of creating collections of artefacts retrieved from foreign travels, and a critical appreciation that the seeds of Globalisation were sewn during this period of history and have influenced environmental anxieties in the present.

 

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