Tara Copplestone


BONES is a lino-cut art print that explores ideas of gender, similarity and difference as applicable to the archaeological illustration of the bones of our past. This piece draws its aesthetic from a mixture of pop art and traditional wood cutting. The bones, as portrayed, are surrounded by a contrasting vacant space: a representation of what once was, that now has been lost.



Judges’ Comments

Zsolt Sándor commented that this piece was “visually pleasing. It’s reminiscent of Andy Warhol pop-art, giving a playful interpretation and a mash-up between the science of archaeology and the creativity of an artwork.” 

Paul Backhouse followed this up saying that it is “beautifully Illustrated and crafted, well laid out and presented.”

For constructive critique the judges commented that extending it to additional cuts would have added to the visual rhetoric. In addition the concepts mentioned in the paradata were not always fully realised in the piece – some further investment in developing the lino cuts would assist in this. 

The judges enjoyed engaging with some traditional art techniques and commended the technical capacity involved in rendering the physical elements of the art prints. 


Imran Ali selected this for his judge’s choice award stating “I loved the subversive tone of this work, drawing attention to the impact of colonialism all around us with an unexpected, subversive and even playful tone.

It’s a great illustration of where AR could be used to truly offer alternative lenses for exploring the environment around us. It spoke to me on a personal level too, both as a produce of colonial history and as the beneficiary of post-colonial migrations.

I also really got a lot from the account of the project’s journey that Katherine provided and would love to see the work developed further (maybe with our in-house AR guru!)”

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