Framed: 30 x 96 cmColoured Pencil and ink on Canvas, Cross-stich/pure cotton on pure cotton backing
In 2018 Clare McCracken boarded the ANL Wahroonga container ship and steamed from Australia to China. The vessel was an ecosystem of care where ship and crew kept each other from what the other could not survive. For the crew, this was the immensity of the sea, while for the steel ship; this was protection from the impact of seawater. Taking around 500 hours to complete, Atrophy 1, 2 & 3 capture three different sections of rust awaiting repair. In labouring over a section of rust for so long and with such attention to detail, the cross-stiches pay tribute to the symbiotic relationship between man, machine, time and the elements – a construction of decay that in its creation froze the atrophy of a mall section of the ship indefinitely.