Etch a sketch drawing, 2013. Genuine retro toy, purchased via ebay
I draw this picture on this etch-a-sketch toy and sent it to the Open College of the Arts as part of my drawing module assessment. I knew that the motion during transit would wholly or partly erase the image, but I supplied this photograph for reference.
Presented as a Duchampian found object (whose meaning is changed by appropriation into a new context) with references to John Cage (chance and negative spaces, erasure), Robert Rauschenberg (erased De Kooning) and Tim Knowles (postal projects where drawing machine sent through the post and created a kind of record of its journey)
I also provided photographs showing faint traces of previous drawings that were made before I owned this.
This can be regarded as a metaphor for the traces left by successive civilizations