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Arabel Lebrusan
Residue (2021)
Smoke and stainless steel residue on tracing paper
120 x 90cm Courtesy of the artist

Residue (2021) is a large drawing on tracing paper, made using the smoke from burning stainless steel residue of police-confiscated knives. By grounding and burning the steel as an attempt to make the knife disappear, Lebrusan explores the relationship between trauma and object. 

When we try to eliminate an object by making it to the smallest possible particle, is the idea of the knife still there? Is there still a residue of the first offence? What is left? What happens to the traumatic narrative now?” – Arabel Lebrusan


Scroll down to watch the making of Residue (2021)

Watch the making of Residue (2021)

Blunt Blades
11 November 2021 - 30 October 2022

Site by Celina Loh

© 2021 Arabel Lebrusan

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About the artist Arabel Lebrusan

Arabel Lebrusan (b.1974, Madrid) is a UK-based visual artist whose practice centres on material culture and the feminine tactile environment, exploring wider issues of power relationships, exploitation and inequality.


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