Mapping Generations

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Media: 
Mixed Media
Media: 
Chequebook Stubs
Media: 
Steel
Size: 
1.5m by 2.5m
Created: 
2003
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Mapping Generations' represents an immeasurable number of generations through time. The Mapping Series is based on research into particular aspects of my ancestors dating back to 1764. Actual family names and dates replace every Tenth number on the spine of the chequebook stubs. They physically denote centuries in time. The number Ten or Tenth have particular meaning in this work. They also form part of words we used in every day language which relate physical and emotional states in humans; for example, tense, tenacity, tendon, tentuous and tender. The word 'Ten' is considered a Hebraism and an indefinite term for 'Many Children'. The Ten Commandments have numerous numerical significances. According to The Bible Code (Drosnin 1997:95), the words 'ten', 'thought and 'computer' are embedded in the cryptic letters. This is of interest to me as I am currently creating patterns which map layers of generations on computer. Rows of numberless and nameless chequebook stubs in th emain body of work and on the curved alluminium frame at the bottom of the artwork allude to the incalulable number of individuals through time, past, present and future. Eighteen family names are at the bottom of the work. Eighteen is 'Chai' in the Old Testiment; it means Life. Included amongst the family names are my great grandfather, Hermann Wisner and his wife Eva, (married in 1888). Eisner invented the fist 'voice box' in Germany and assisted the German armey in the First World War by setting up a clinic for people who had been shot (or otherwise injured) in the throat. Eisner invented the formula for the 78 speed record in Germany and was the director of the Homofon Record Company in Berlin. It is based on history and the premise that layers of generations take us back to the very beginning of creation so that history and genetics are linked. The Book "Mapping Generations": The book accompanies the artwork and contains information on history and generations. additional views.