Mountain of Salt Mountain of Salt (2020) is an ongoing series comprised of found images, appropriated text and digital shape collages, initially conceptualised as a human response to the unfolding of covid-19. Since the pandemic gripped the world, I like many others became acutely aware of the landscape in which we are living in, where everything has felt amplified; clinging to the news for updates, statistics and curves and in our own ways analysing the myriad forms of information being shared with us. It highlights the way words and speech have a physical presence, a bearing upon us and carry weight.
This text-based series of collages focuses on the provocative language used since March and evolved from the collecting words and sentences derived from politicians, journalists and individuals all sharing their commentary, updates or thoughts. The distinct rhetoric of collective responsibility, togetherness and unity constantly being consumed by us is further amplified by the shapes that appear in the works and reflects a semantic response to this. They aren’t only there to direct your gaze but reflect on the etymological meaning of what the shapes represent.
The works have continued to evolve and now encompass issues and moments that have affected us well beyond the virus – conversations around oppression, racism and witnessing trauma but also speak to some of the more light-hearted moments in these times where we take solace. This curious collection of phrases speaks to the dissemination of language and its affect upon us. Mountain of Salt now encompasses more than 200 works.
Mountain of Salt (2020)
Found photograph, appropriated text and digital shapes
Shortlisted for the 7th Singapore International Photography Festival (2020)
Shortlisted for FORMAT21, UK (2020)
Available exclusively via Carrie Scott and Partners. 10% of profits from sales of the series will go to Hospital Rooms, an arts and mental health charity that commissions extraordinary artworks for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK.
'I Will Try To Do Better' Hospital Rooms auction at Hauser and Wirth, London (September 2020) Photograph: Damian Griffiths