Factitious Earths

Infused aluminum prints of scanning electron microscope images, glass vial with “factitious earths” custom mixture, glass vial with a 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