Thick Air, 2022
marble cast plaster, tobacco/dust/dirt/fat residues, dimensions variable
"Thick Air" is a series of sculptures dealing with the invisible traces of dirt left behind through our everyday actions and routines. By pouring plaster into old ventilation pipes used in kitchens, bathrooms and other parts of the home, I turned them inside out; the surface of resulting casts reveal the remains of dirt/dust/fat/etc (as a result of years of washing, smoking, cooking) that had been deposited on the inside of the pipes. The resulting casts are also very heavy; the space where air once passed is now replaced with marble cast plaster.
In this work I reflect on how our personal lives and individual actions relate to broader questions of traces that we leave on the earth’s surface. Dirt (or pollution or debris) that we are trying to cover or rinse away, may no longer be noticeable as such, but matter only changes form and never disappears.