Reverse Mining

The work is located in a copper mining area of the Brow Head in West Cork, Ireland where mining has been active until the 19th century. We mine minerals with tools, process them from ore to alloy before they enter the circle of manufacturing. It is easy to take resources and materials from the environment for our purposes, but what and how do we return things? The work is a gesture of returning while asking questions about the bigger picture and our roles we play or should play in it. I melted small amounts of bronze and copper in an improvised set up releasing them from their serving state to just be.

This work was commissioned by Lay of the Land for Tombolo 19, a site-responsive residency in West Cork, Ireland funded by the Irish Arts Council.

(9th image by Sofia Arredondo)