Mineral Water 2007
Dimensions: 125 cm x 25 cm 25 cm
Temporary installation at the Dick Institute's Natural History Museum, Kilmarnock, West Scotland.
Taking inspiration from the geological specimen cabinets and marine coral display of the Dick Institutes natural history section, the work offers an insight into how these separately categorised worlds interlink. A tank holding sea water and ocean minerals is exposed to ultraviolet light to reveal an eerie, exotic array of colour. The work speaks of the invisible secrets of the sea, its hidden worlds of living colour and geological connections as a life-supporting spectacle of beauty and wonder. The formation of salt crystals on the inside of the glass, emphasises the role of natural processes in the formation of some of the earth's most precious resources. As the tank slowly dries up, we are left only to contemplate the effects our modern day human activity has on the ocean - when something taken away, is not put back and the delicate balance of nature is disturbed.