MOON ROCKS AND MOUNTAIN BERRIES
Is an experimental printmaking project integrating powdered indigenous rock samples and locally foraged berries integrated into the printed surfaces and site–specific geological outcrops within the Landscape.
The rocks selected for the installation are a mixture of local and alien sourced rock samples from the Isle of Iona, Scotland; including powdered Moon Rock. The berries were locally sourced Rowan and Blaeberries, harvested during the (w)ORD Artist’s Residency at Tjuvika, near the ancient Viking Parliament at Gulen, Norway in 2019.
The pieces include detailed drawings and powdered Rock samples, printed as carbon and screen–prints, as well as 3D models incorporating the ground Moon Rock dust, Anorthosite or white feldspar and powdered basalt, the minerals responsible for the distinctive patches of light and dark on the moon.
Faithfull’s interest with Alchemy and the Moon originally resulted from a printmaking experiment, manufacturing traditional iron-gall ink from locally sourced oak-galls, vinegar and ferrous sulphate, produced from Conc. Sulphuric Acid and crushed meteorites, corresponding with the 50-year anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s inaugural space flight in the Vostok space capsule in 2011.
The large Moon Rock prints were first exhibited at Edinburgh Printmakers Castle Mills Complex as part of the Dark Matters project, coinciding with the Total Solar Eclipse on the 20th of March 2015.
The 3D printed XENOLITH boulder prints were produced at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and first exhibited at the SSA’s INTRANQUILITY touring exhibition.
The Moon Rock samples were transported to Norway for the most recent stage of the project, screen–printing the biodegradable mineral and plant medium directly on the rock outcrop surfaces