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Of the Past, Of the Present

Kathryn Hanna

Of the Past, Of the Present

Kathryn Hanna





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 30
Length: 60
Depth: 10


Black Limestone, Flint

Current Location


Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • On a plinth
  • In a case

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Created for 'Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities' solo show exhibition at the MacLaurin Art Gallery, Ayr, 30th July - 16th October 2022. This exhibition explored religious consciousness, what it means to be ‘sacred’ and how the word ‘religion’ can be misinterpreted. Inspired by the writings of archeologist André Parrot, scholars Carlin A Barton and Daniel Boyarin.

Thematic/contextual information

André Parrot was a French archaeologist, theologian and Director of the Louvre Museum from 1968 to 1972. He was noted for discovering the ancient Mesopotamian city of Mari. In his book ’Discovering Buried Worlds’ Parrot describes a short history of archaeology through the lens of his excavations in Mari in1953. ‘In these desert lands the explorers have advanced. Under the excavator’s pick age-old civilisations have reappeared. They were thought to be dead. They were only sleeping’ ‘Of the past, of the present’ explores this quote - how things that were true in the past are just as true and relevant now. The Northern Irish Black Limestone and Flint used in the making of this piece was gifted to the artist by her grandfather, representing that passing of knowledge and belongings from the past through generations spoken of in Parrot’s quote.

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