|Jeanette Unite, cobalt and copper mine industrial waste in molten glass|
The work expanded from Earthscars to explore rehabilitation plants and environmental relationships. Conversations around visual interpretation of the extractive industry with geologists, engineers, metallurgists and industrialists have further expanded my understanding of mining. I have developed paint, pastel and glass recipes from the advice of earth scientists, geo-chemists, paint-chemists and a ceramicist to develop this ‘eco-alchemic’ work.
|Jeanette Unite, Carbon Imprints, gold mine dump waste|
containing carbon, graphite, manganese, iron and titanium
My palette derives from the jars filled with metalliferous and diamondiferous mine dump sand, dust, overburden and metal oxides. My artworks incorporate industrial waste containing enough metal to yield startling colour when molten in kilns in extreme temperatures. The artist as end user of mining re-establishes the art and science link and reminds us that pre-industrial era artists used pestles and mortar in art production. The abstract chthonic glass panels are constructed from recycled detritus and toxic material like lead, arsenic and cyanide that catalyse the mineral and metal reactions.
My material is both subject and object; abstract landscapes are made from the actual landscape in a ‘beauty-from-waste’ aesthetic. I am currently investigating a way to transform my current research into work around the issues of the “resource curse”, also known as the “paradox of plenty”.
Jeannette Unite is a visual artist based in Cape Town