After Babel, Loss
After Babel, Loss seems at first arresting, presenting materiality within an otherwise conceptually driven practice. Krieg explains: '...it was as if my hands had built the work, in spite of my mind.'
The wooden blocks skewered into this work themselves fit the definition of what linguists call a digital code, and become their own display of language. Abacus-like and hauntingly tactile, in this manner the actual materiality seems to posses a meaning akin to concepts presented in other works; of language suspended, open for play, open to conjecture... this work hints at numeracy, duality, and the multiplicity of reading.
'A distinction between the materially driven and the conceptually driven parts of my practice? Divisions appear and disappear in one's mind. It all merges together. Through each work I become gradually more aware of my own sensibilities as an artist, garnering insights over time, it becomes clearer to me what nature of things I am drawn to, what patterns I seem destined to reproduce...' SJK
After Babel, Loss, 2013; Re-engineered wood palettes, steel, nails; 105 x 42 x 10cm