I salvage the materials of demolition sites and attempt to put them to creative use through applying traditional printmaking techniques. Historically the technique of stone lithography uses a very specific limestone from a specific quarry in Bavaria. Could the method which is based on the porosity of the stone and the basic principle that oil and water don’t mix work on found stones, sand cement mixes, bricks, concrete..?
First tests were undertaken as an alternative stone lithography masterclass as part of the Institute of Making’s Festival of Stuff June 25th 2015 and London Festival of Architecture 2015. The masterclass was led by expert stone lithographer Kath van Uytrecht who was joined by a geologist Ruth Sidall, material scientist Julian Evans and Slade printmaking technician James Keith alongside 20 participants of diverse backgrounds. More images here.
Through imaginative salvage and experiments in chemical printmaking the wider project Urban Alchemy explores the material stories and processes of urban transformation. My Leverhulme artist residency in UCL Chemistry allowed for a year of experimentation with and salvage of demolition site materials in a project where creative production and the poetry and politics of place combine with the science, agency and political ecology of materials.
Thank you to UCL Chemistry, Institute of Making, Leverhulme Trust, UCL Estates and Sustainability, Wilson James, Peak, Scudder, Gilbert Ash, Maylarch, UCL Anthropology, Journal of Material Culture, UCL Urban Lab, East London Printmakers, Joint Faculty of Graduate Studies, UCL Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities.