watercolour (2017–2018) (online exhibition)
Watercolour is an international (e)mail art project in which five pieces of white A4 paper were placed on five coloured seas around the world; the Red Sea, White Sea, Black Sea, Yellow Sea, and Green(land) Sea, by participating artists and scientists, to create five conceptual ‘watercolours’. (Watercolour, 2017–2018)
Realised between 2017–2018 across: Saudi Arabia, the Russian Federation, Turkey, the Republic of Korea, Norway and the UK, Watercolour is an international (e)mail art project in which five pieces of white A4 paper were placed on five coloured seas around the world; the Red Sea, White Sea, Black Sea, Yellow Sea, and Green(land) Sea, by participating artists and scientists to create five conceptual 'watercolours'. Invited to contribute to the project through email, participants performed the action of placing their paper substrate against the surface of their nearest 'coloured' water mass. Once the paper had dried, each participant sent their contribution to the UK, using their closest postal service. On their arrival into the UK, each substrate was chemically analysed for (a)biotic trace elements using an X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XRF) (a non-destructive test that quantifiably determines material composition). Over the duration of the project contributions were received from: Dr Ramona Marasco at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia; Professor Alexander Tzetlin, Dr Anna Zhadan, Nickolay Usov, and Konstantin Biyagov at the White Sea Biological Station, the Russian Federation; Professor All Muzaffer Feyzioglu at Karadeniz Technical University,Turkey; Nick Hobbs, an artist based in Istanbul,Turkey; Yujin Ju, an artist based in Seoul, the Republic of Korea; and Professor Lena Håkansson at the University centre in Svalbard, Norway. With thanks to participatory couriers: DHL, Russian Post (Почта России), Turkish Post (PTT), EMS, Posten Norge, and Royal Mail. And, to participatory scientists: Senior Laboratory Technician Robert Ashurst from The University of Sheffield (UK) (XRF); Professor Clare Woulds and Dr Karen Bacon from The University of Leeds (UK) who analysed the samples using Electron Microscopy and through an Optical Microscope.