As this is a long term project, it can feel overwhelming in its scale and complexity (like the dig itself). Despite the fact that archaeology is rooted in the past, my residency is about bearing witness to the human activity in the present and revealing traces of past human activity visible now. I am not trying to reconnect with a previous time which is gone and unknowable.
My job is to watch how the archaeologists work and listen to what they have to say – in both my conversations when drawing their portraits and in overheard discussions and site tours. It is about being there and being with them.