Vitrine: Samples of Radioactive Boglach
Clay, silicone, porcelain, fabric, wood, glass, metal.
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Background, history, commissioner of the work
This piece is from ‘Radioactive Boglach’, a body work made in response to my residency in 2017 at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. This was funded by New Brewery Arts, Cirencester. The work later toured to Mission Gallery, Swansea, Wales.
During my residency at Cove Park, I was struck by the existence of nuclear warheads at Coulport. I began a fictional field study, of what might happen to the plants and organisms nearby, should they be exposed to long-term, low-level radiation. This sealed vitrine displays ‘Samples of Radioactive Boglach’. These are eerie but quirky results of my findings. This nuclear enquiry fuelled on-going concerns with our energy crisis and the knowledge that no source of energy is fully ‘Green’.
I have made several attempts to reach out to Scottish galleries for the work to return ‘home’ but without success.