More energy than object, more force than form, 2018
Materials: Saltwater batteries (glass jars, salt, copper and zinc), electrical wire/alligator clips, wire hooks and pulley, flexible LED lights.
A series of saltwater batteries congregate in circles reminiscent of a gathering or ancient monument, drawing apon the energy of people coming together. The multiple bodies of cells makes specific use of the particularities of salt, the energy of difference, separation and attraction that occur when salt is suspended in water to power a light.
More energy than object, more force than form is part of a body of 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 in Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Collectively, the series of works explore salt as a metaphor for the physical and emotional body and residue as an archive through salts inherent properties in its myriad structural forms and formlessness.