Given set of images is a visual summation of an investigation of natural resource extraction’s impact on the environment, which are the alteration of land morphology, disturbance of native fauna and flora, modification of surface and groundwater balance, resettlement of residential areas, roads and railways, release of air, liquid and solid pollutants and noise pollution. This project focuses on such visually noticeable aspects as water pollution and land transformation.
The series consists of four large linocuts and six small ones, where each of the prints carries a record of a mined metal (uranium, nickel or copper), a location where extraction takes place, and coordinates of a facility. Each of the four large prints represents a particular found story regarding impacts the extraction caused whereas the six smaller ones are supplemental to them. The given toponyms and coordinates allow the viewers to undertake research themselves in order to widen their awareness of the ecological condition of the country. Each of the investigated facilities possesses an open water resource contaminated by byproducts of plants’ activities or by erosion and washing out of walls of abandoned open pits. Chemicals and decomposing sediments interact with water and colour it in tones from canary yellow to turquoise. Paper used as a background for the linocuts matches those tints.
The project combines both traditional and contemporary approaches as the resulted linocuts were made on the basis of satellite images from Google Earth. The use of such a source for data gathering is a branch of development of my artistic practice which bases on personal discoveries of indications of human’s impacts on the environment through undertaken journeys and expeditions. Though virtual exploration via satellite is rather
different from a live one, it provides with a possibility to take a look at objects from a brand new angle and allows to face something that seems very distant. Such a shift in the availability of information conduces further investigation. The medium of linocut refers to storytelling and messaging qualities of posters presupposing a story standing behind the images. Furthermore, the mechanical impact on the surface of lino, the action of digging and cutting out resembles the process of human intrusion into the surface of the earth.