Irreversible Actions

2017

Fire-activated invisible ink on hand-embossed watercolour paper

HD video: 8:48 min, Work on paper: 56 x 76cm

 

Following a recipe for fire-activated invisible ink, the words IRREVERSIBLE ACTIONS are written across a sheet of paper.  The areas of paper treated by the ink burn faster than those surrounding, with four points of fire slowly etching their way across the sheet to meet in the middle.

Irreversible Actions was created for exhibition at Art Athina 17, Greece, and considers the violence of imposing geopolitical borders on people and landscapes, particularly in light of the recent refugee crisis in Europe.  Made using potassium nitrate - a key ingredient in gun powder - the text also references the second law of thermodynamics and the language of chemistry, responding to the technology of warfare and the physical laws that bound existence.  

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