The drawings were created using Delhi air pollution. The ink is harvested from air and also diesel fumes. Thre drawings smell of exhaust and pollution. They have a living and dark presence. These are particles that used to be living organisms, trees and animals that eventually became mineral oil, brought to the surface and in some way refined to power machines. Once the energy was extracted, much of the material lands in the atmosphere and changes the world as we know it.
Global warming and climate change is caused by the same particles as the ones used for these drawings.
By creating drawings with these particles I am setting reminders of the passage of everything through everything. The symbolism points to a growing and reoccuring moment or series of moments. The material lives that very reentry, over millions of years. But there is urgency now. There is change, markings, thoughts, NOW.
The paper on which the drawings are placed has its own story, and the texture of the paper allows us to be reminded of streets and skin and bark.
Some of the circles are saturated and dark, others barely existing ghosts. A range of drawings are circles buried under other markings.
I hope to be able to continue this series with pollution from other cities around the world and with other substances that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Ideally the substance would become more and more difficult to obtain, as we move to a more sustainable way of energy extraction.