A Clearing is the result of a re-imagining of the origin of mineral black (a naturally occurring black pigment located in Bideford, UK, and other parts of the world) used prior to synthetic dyes) – Tree Fern forests of the Carboniferous period – via the medium of scent. Subtle variations of this scent composition are transmitted, via stainless steel transportation drums brimming with balls of mineral black, within the Burton Gallery. Through its presentation the work references the historical commodification of mineral black as well as the global commercialisation and trade of generic raw materials in general. The works title, A Clearing, references the ancient Tree Fern forests as well as the processes of de-forestation, whilst also alluding to a clearing of the air. An accompanying work, In Equal Measure, was shown at the same exhibition.
Etched stainless steel drums, pallet, mineral black, stretch wrap, diffusers, scent compositions (Notes of: Wood, Green, Earth, Petrichor).