Carbon Balanced

Made from found objects (on my desk). A task from an Arts Discussion Term Class focusing on the Dada movement. One of the things that we learnt was when artists created a sculpture from found objects they would sometimes name there pieces using the words they found on the objects themseleves. I have called this piece ‘Carbon Balanced’ a claim made by my pack of tissues.


I created this sculpture in September 2020 in response to the Black Lives Matters Protests across the UK. Acknowledging this was not a moment it is a movement. The hands are made of copper, gold and silver wire reaching up to a heart made of black wire. The black heart represents the sorrow and unity of #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused on Tuesday 2nd June 2020. The heart is then mirrored by the plinth the hands sit on which is covered in positive newspaper cuttings (mainly from the Gaurdian) and pictures of placards from the national protests.

I believe sculptures such as this could be put in place of the statues of slave traders to show how society has moved on. Whilst our history needs to be remembered so that we can learn from it we also need to show progression and unify our differences.