Residue Prints

Residue Prints

 

1998 -

 

These unique prints use artifacts of labour, introducing them into time and atmospheric conditions to etch their effect. Through the course of being used by tradespeople or being part of the environment of industry the objects accrue the soil, grease, dust and dirt of activity. Through use, objects such as horseshoes, work gloves, a leather welder's jacket from a demolished shipyard, hand-forged nails or a window embedded with heavy metals contain this past.

 

Moisture and sunlight transfer this evidence of labour onto watercolour paper. This is accomplished by arranging the artifacts on the paper and leaving them outdoors for a year. The particulates the various objects exhaust onto the bright white surface appear as reds and blue-blacks from iron oxides and umbers from grease and earth. From the surroundings there are yellows from spring pollen and warm blacks from trees overhead or autumn seeds.