Black smoker, 45 deg. 135 deg. Folded

Simpson, Theo
Theo Simpson’s work explores ideas surrounding the evolution, manipulation, history and mythology of our landscape. While he is concerned with the blinding depths of irrevocable evolution, he also speculates on new events and the technological realities that will shape the future. Map of Horizons is an ongoing body of work, which focuses on disappearing landscapes and reclaiming land, by both the forces of nature and collective human effort. Black smoker, 45 deg. 135 deg. Folded, 2021, is a double diptych piece. Its adjacent copper limbs hinge to create symmetrical overfolds, which combine to form a new physical graphic. In varying obscurity, each part features photographs from the great open-pit mine of Mynydd Parys in Anglesey. Here, the dark remains of black smokers can be observed. These deposits are formed from volcanic vents on the seafloor that exhaled super-heated acidic water. Neutralised by sea water, a sulphur-rich, crystalline structure was grown, covering the floor in a vast mineral landscape.
  • Artwork Details: 100 x 50 x 45cm
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  • Material description: Copper cases, steel mounted chromogenic prints steel mounted gelatine silver prints (diptych)
  • Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist and Webber, London
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  • Accession number: ACC40/2021



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