Pete Clarke

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Project 16 : The Wasteland

Recent paintings, prints and drawings are influenced by finding a rather broken, torn and neglected copy of The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot.

This old Faber Paperback had been annotated in beautiful pencil handwriting across the text by an anonymous author (a sort of amateur Ezra Pound), in a valiant attempt to understand the meaning of the poem.


There is an interesting relationship between looking and reading, with the image and text creating interference, a dialectical sense held somewhere between construction and falling apart. There is something that resonates through the language and look of the poem on the page and the typography. Letterpress type visually fragments the architectural form of letters, arranging some sort of disconnected and dysfunctional alphabet.