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White Gold

A trip to the saltpans of Piran in April sparked their interest in this fascinating substance. On their arrival back to Scotland they looked at the local shores and found sites of old coal-fired saltpans and areas of salt marshes all along the coast of the Forth.

Their research concentrated mainly on the materiality of the substance, how it dissolves and reforms endlessly. “Salt is the only rock directly consumed by man. It corrodes but preserves, desiccates but is wrested from the water. It has fascinated man for thousands of years not only as a substance he prized and was willing to labour to obtain, but also as a generator of poetic and of mythic meaning. The contradictions it embodies only intensify its power and its links with experience of the sacred.” Margaret Visser, 20th century author.

In this exhibition they tried to highlight the properties of salt: a solid from liquid, the crystal compound of sodium and chlorine; pure, simple, faceted and transparent, a tiny fragment of halite, white gold. The unity of metal and gas bonded together and crystallized in cubic form, the resolution of opposites.
A saline solution on black glass; from black to white in one week (120 x 120 cm) Tent gallery, Evolution House, Edinburgh, Nov 2008

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