Natural sponges of both marine and vegetable origin are here soaked in inks made from living organisms such as cyanobacteria and algae and stabilized in resin, oil or alcohol. They are a celebration of the magic of our world, emphasizing the beauty of these unique living organisms, not quite vegetable, not quite animal. Their amazing powers of absorption soak up the human-made ink deep into their structure, perpetuating the strong inter-relationship between the natural and the artificial. It is about the tormented love affair that binds humans to the planet.
Marked Leathers and Papers
Burning is an act that honours both technical and spiritual human knowledge. Technically, burning is used to preserve wood by charring its surface to make it waterproof. Spiritually, it is a purifying ritual in many religions for the human body and soul. This series consists of charcoal objects made by burning wooden pieces either before or after their assembly into things. Burnt Stuff are works of pure human ingeniousness.