This project evolved through collaborating with environmental scientists and stemmed from the interest of locating natural pigments, exploring ideas of natural infection and encroachment, and a desire to expand an environmental approach. Experiments were conducted in freshwater streams around Dartmoor to test for trace metal deposits from mine-waste. Samples of metal waste, such as copper, zinc and lead, were collected, brought back to the studio and made into pigments. The aim of Copper Lines was to form a response to the metal traces in the water through producing a deliberate infection upon the canvas surface that echoed this contamination. The golden pigments dispersed into fractals, resembling river courses seen from above or microscopic matter under a microscope; echoing the recurring theme of micro and macro within my practice.
chalk and emulsion
40 x 30cm