In a natural state peat lands act as a long term sink for for atmospheric carbon dioxide. Bogs which are actively forming peat play an important role in combating climate change by removing excess carbon dioxide from the air and keeping it in storage for thousands of years. Their capacity for undertaking this function is far greater than forests. They also act to purify water and reduce the risk of flooding by absorbing, holding and slowly releasing water.
I have been photographing the sunrise since we arrived here to live in November. This selection is random, the intention is to make a daily record of the sunrise here as part of the ‘Sea Change Project’ that I am working on with Frances Carlile and Jane Harding. I am researching the possibility of live streaming a daily video of the sunrise to be used as part of an installation at the exhibition.
Getting to that interesting phase where the research and enquiry into responding to the subject, in this case Sea Change, moves into the making stage. The artefacts represented here are copper plates made by stereotyping a modern version alchemy using electrolysis. There are over thirty plates measuring 50 cm. x 20 cm. In the process of manufacture they have become richly patinated. The plan is to make more plates and mount them as six wall plaques measuring 55 cm. x 120 cm. Telling a narrative of fragmentation and deterioration.
Stereotyping makes it possible to edition plates as well as prints. The plates become works of art in their own right. They can be enamelled or plated with a different metal.
Graphite covered latex mandrel ready for copper plating.
The plate will measure 25cm x 16cm. This is the first of a planned series ten plates based on walks.
In the Depths
Corroded Copper 21 x 38 cm
Electrolytic action on copper