Reckonings I-XII, 2019

Ink made from burnt peat from the Saddleworth Moor fires on Saunders Waterford paper

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Reckonings I-XII, June 2019

In 2018 huge wildfires burnt for three weeks on Saddleworth Moor. The smoke that choked Manchester that summer contained pollutants that had been stored in the peat from the Industrial Revolution. From us to nature and back again.

Walking the moors my senses were assaulted by the acrid smell, this three months after the initial fires. Pollution from the Industrial Revolution, which had caused the degradation of the blanket bog around Manchester, was released by the fires back into the air blown over the city. 

As I processed the peat into ink this same smell permeated my kitchen and studio.

At the same time the IPCC climate report told us  that the world had 12 years to take action to limit the climate crisis. The ink drawings became tally marks, each year one drawing will be removed.