Factitious Earths

Infused aluminum prints of scanning electron microscope images, glass vial with “factitious earths” custom mixture, glass vial with platinum capsule of “factitious earths” experiment.

Working with experimental geologist Geoffrey Bromiley, a new planet’s geology was modeled on: archival research into the use of carbonic acid as a restorative gas by steam engine inventor James Watt to heal his invalid geologist son; deep earth carbon processes; runaway hot-house earth scenarios, and the speculative geology of a hypothetical exoplanet.

Project developed with the support of Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh