From Inside This Earth

Millions of years ago plant matter full of sunshine was buried underground, where it slowly transformed into a rich but toxic substance, hiding quietly beneath our feet. Just a hundred and fifty years ago we transformed this substance into a product. Long considered useless, it has proven foundational to a sea-change of invention and economic growth. Once refined, it is used to fuel our cars, to heat our homes, it is a base material for all plastics, and it performs as an essential lubricant for internal combustion engines. This quiet substrate empowers and impairs—toxic yet instrumental— it is the silent life-blood of our Capitalocene.

Fascinated by the underpinnings of our society, I delight in the unintended beauty embedded within our lives. From Inside This Earth is a body of unique photographic C-prints made by enlarging individual samples of used motor oil.


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