More energy than object, more force than form, 2018
Work developed through a research residency at Glasgow Women’s library, co-commissioned by Castlefield Gallery and The University of Salford Art Collection. Currently being exhibited in Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
This new body of work explores 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. 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.
The works are inspired by and made with salt, drawing on its inherent properties of division, healing and energy. The work entwines ideas and materials, echoing the physical imprints and human presence, the traces of labour that felt when working with the archived documents of events, political campaigns and movements housed at Glasgow Women’s Library. The works explore how salt can sympathise with the body in its different forms and formlessness, being strong and crystalline yet simultaneously fragile and vulnerable.
In More energy than object, more force than form (2018), 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.
Materials: Batteries- saltwater, glass jars, copper and zinc. Electrical wire/alligator clips, wire hooks and pulley, flexible LED lights.
Photo courtesy of Drew ForsythPhoto courtesy of Drew Forsyth