CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS
This project uses cobalt oxide extracted from Lithium-Ion Batteries and Raffia. Cobalt is a commodity that is extracted through mining and recently become a crucial material needed for rechargeable batteries. Cobalt is very often sourced from the Congo through mining practices that infringe on human rights laws – this perpetuates colonial and neo-colonial perceptions of acquiring raw material from Africa.
The following works are made by dismantling phone batteries to extract the copper, cobalt oxide and aluminum to create a dye. The raffia is then dyed in this solution and then stitched together with the copper. The dying technique refers to a Congolese method of creating Kuba cloth, though modified to create motifs of rock strata to discuss both ideas of mining and repeated histories.