Galerie Hubert Winter

Mary Ellen Carroll, Alas, poor YORICK! (1998 - 1999)
16mm film (16min), 2 drawings made of ash and crayon, print. Ed. 5, Installation

From 1998-1999, Carroll drew the entirety of Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy on a single sheet of Arches watercolor paper. The text became a solid mass, referring to the black page in Sterne’s novel. Once the rewriting was complete, Carroll made Alas, poor Yorick! a silkscreen of the paper at a one-to-one scale. Ten years later Carroll burned the original drawing while filming the act in Super-8. The installation contains the print, the film (transferred to 16mm) and drawings made with the original’s ashes.