Materials: Salt, Copper, Zinc.
The energy of difference, charge and attraction is echoed in Affinity, through the copper and zinc, between atoms in the bond between sodium and chloride, and the energy that draws and binds people together.
The work developed through a research residency at Glasgow Women’s library, co-commissioned by Castlefield Gallery and The University of Salford Art Collection for the exhibition Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
This series of works explores salt as a metaphor for the physical and emotional body and residue as an archive. The notion of sentiment- the intended belief, thought or feeling behind an act- and sentimentality, led me to explore the potential of salt to reflect on the human condition. Drawing on its inherent properties of division, healing and energy, explore how salt can sympathise with the body in its different forms and formlessness, being strong and crystalline yet simultaneously fragile and vulnerable.
MAP review by Jazmine Linklater: Issues / #43 a gray stone wall damming my stream.
Photos: Simon Liddiard