Partial Eclipse (studio version, 2016) 2040 x 3075mm
Silver gelatin photographs (image size 256 x 382mm), wax crayon wall-drawing, 2015 –, estimated dimensions of final work, 2720 x 3950mm.

PARTIAL ECLIPSE comprises 20 pictures made in and around Kronstadt, a naval city on an island near St Petersburg. In 1921 Kronstadt was the site of a bloody revolution against the Bolshevik government in support of locally elected, free Soviets.

The photographs for PARTIAL ECLIPSE were made during a residency at the National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg branch. On 20 March 2015, the day of first visit to St Petersburg, a solar eclipse occurred over northern Europe. In gloomy midday sunlight I made my way towards The State Russian Museum, home of a substantial collection of works by Kazimir Malevich.

Included in the museum’s Malevich holdings is Composition with Mona Lisa (1914), a work that combines layers of oil painting, graphite and collage. In the upper left of the picture are two hand-painted Cyrillic words that translate as ‘partial eclipse’. Composition with Mona Lisa was not displayed in the museum on the day of the March 2015 solar eclipse.