Reverse Mining

The work is located in a copper mining area of Brow Head in West Cork, Ireland where mining has been active until the 19th century. We mine minerals, 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 in it. I melted small amounts of bronze and copper and released them from their serving state allowing them to just be. I marked the site with a small circle of rocks.

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)