Gerry King September 2012
MUSINGS, IMAGES AND WORKS
Tartessos Series and Tartessos Novo Series
We tell ourselves that there are certainties upon which all can be
demise of ‘unsinkable’ ships is legend, the ‘war to end all wars’
societies labeled ‘primitive’ had and/or have complex
understandings of society,
medicine and the environment [and
sparing the rod hasn’t spoilt the child].
From these ponderings rose the Tartessos Series and more lately the
Tartessos Novo Series.
a lifetime in which fundamentals of science have been shown to be
I have learnt the delight of suspicion of a ‘certainty’
that may be asserted but not proven.
Such ‘mental gymnastics’, like all other experience, is
liable to provide fodder for the expressive act.
Individual works and complete series discover a heartbeat
in the porridge of the artist’s cultural, social, intellectual,
aesthetic and spiritual daily path.
On occasion some combination of musings, drawn from
experiences of incomparable significance,
necessarily evident to the viewer, interlock to give form to
Conceived individually, each work of these series explores the notion of
assembling a composition from a juxtaposition of related and disparate
The notion is that
some of the components obviously belong to the whole
others may arguably be so attributed.
As such, they reflect my interest in the manner in which
theories pertaining to the artefacts of earlier times are evidenced in
Certainly the displayed objects are of intrinsic interest
beyond that is intrigue with the story in which they are
encapsulated by the process of collecting and curating.
Tartessos is variously thought to be an
alternative name for Atlantis or another lost city,
located in what is now Portugal.
Tartessian culture is documented yet there are significant
abscesses in our understanding of the people and their artefacts.
It is the uncertainty that draws me to ‘Tartessos’ as the
title for these works.