I want to move this research forward after collaborating with Biochar.wales. I commissioned them on my first public art commission for Artscape during COP26 in 2019. I got to briefly use an Exeter Biochar Retort to make carbon for a temporary land intervention. The magic of this modern approach to a 2,000 year-old practice had me captivated. It is normally used in agriculture to convert biomass materials into a soil enhancer that stores carbon for hundreds of years. It is a far greener process and reduces carbon emissions significantly. By using a modern retort I could test carbon materials, improve sculptural construction methods and become technically skilled in using the latest processing equipment. There is great potential in captivating the public with the much larger, dynamic and ephemeral carbon sculpture that could also be left to return carbon to the landscape.
I’m exploring performance as a method to reanimate carbon’s embodied energy. I am experimenting with ways to capture this with photography, film, public performance and interactive artworks.