Plant Ash Overview

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Over the past 5-6 years I have been exploring plant ash from farm fires as a material in my artwork.  Adding meaning through exploring

  • historical use of plant ash as a soil re-balancing element to enrich soil for growing certain crops.
  • This linked in to the physicality of surroundings and the interaction of living organisms
  • Ash as a residual of forest fires that are effecting different parts of our planet
  • and, how ash is / has been used in cleaning.

I have experimented using canvas, paper, through performance and experimented with natural mark making: Where I marked large canvases with plant ash and buried it for some months allowing nature to make its own marks.  Thereby, exploring natural bio-degrade marking.

Exhibitions: 

06 April 2018
Earth Action Initiative Climate Art Show,
UC Berkeley, 2475 Bancroft Way,
Berkeley, California, CA 94720,
USA.
Exhibiting the collaborative work  titled ‘Footprints’ with American artist
Arminee Chahbazian.

12 Sept. – 10 Oct 2018
‘Ash’
The Engine Room
Poundbury Gardens, Peverell Ave.
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3RT, UK.

11 Oct 2018 – till further notice
The ‘Ash’ collection is currently exhibited at ‘Living with Art’ exhibition: Orchard View and Hazel Copse Cottages. Book to stay through: http://www.coastalfarmholidaycottages.co.uk

Some of the works in the ‘Ash’ collection:
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Circle of ash on canvas in apple tree

Farm wood and fire ash

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Bookmarks from buried ash panel were distributed to some galleries including Hauser and Wirth.

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paper ash experiments, drying in the open

Exhibited Ash Canvas Panels

Footprint: exhibited at Earth Action Climate Art Show in California alongside my Arts Territory Exchange Partner’s California forest fire footprint

Tiny canvas fire imprints that made up the three large panels below:

75 tiny fire ash canvases on three 1m x1m canvas covered boards was Exhibited for a year at Hix’s restaurant academy in Dorset, UK.

 

Ash works

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