Crystalline (2017), composed of foam substrates coated with a pigment that contains carbon and charred bone developed by a company named Enbio for the European Space Agency (ESA). Inspired by the materials used by cave painters, Enbio’s “SolarWhite” will bond with the titanium heat shield of ESA’s Solar Orbiter, to be launched in October 2018. In Crystalline, the cracks and bubbles of the white tiles reference both the ice that thwarted Sir John Franklin’s doomed search for a Northwest Passage and the melting glaciers of the Anthropocene.
Review of Crystalline: Apollo International Art Magazine by Tom Jeffreys. Read here: Apollo
Press release for Crystalline by Siobhán McDonald