The Distance Between Us (2019) presents Tim Silver’s new works that draw on the relationships between people, objects, spaces and time. Silver’s series of sculptures explore the connections between our present and past through a process of casting. Each of the figurative sculptures are created in pairs, using glass, bronze, copper and ash. The pairings are suggestive of the various narratives and connections that lie between the two figures and the times and spaces they occupy.
These contemporary artefacts reflect the histories of casting and the preservation and decay of corpses, referencing events such as the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash and the Andean tradition of honouring the dead in the time of the Inca Empire. Tim Silver considers the speculative narratives that have come out since the discovery of these bodies, questioning how the past is understood in the present. As past bodies continue to be strewn in throughout our present, a constant relationship exists between the past and present.