The Sea and Growing

Buzzcut, Glasgow, 2015

The Sea and Growing by Steven Anderson with Alistair Quietsch

Performance Materials:

Linen canvas, spinel black pigment, linseed oil, painted table, oil painting from 1997 by Jean Hendry, unfinished portrait of Sheila Stewart OBE, Rosana Cade’s single bed sheet, Nick Anderson’s double bed sheet, double bass, stylophone.

Performance supportive text:

Spinel black is a crystalline mineral and the most neutral of black pigments. Carbon based black pigments such as lamp black or bone black have brown or blue tones when thinned or blended.

The value of the museum object is more than the surface properties it shows. It’s material embodies the time, place and atmosphere of its creation. It has an accumulated store of experience we can connect with when looking at it in the museum or gallery. As the object inherently carries its physical properties and history, a forensic scientist can determine the time and place of activities surrounding the object.The decisions to maintain the existence of museum objects by the use of temperature and humidity controlled atmospheres are far from the considerations of our physiological needs. To prevent any change from an optimum museum condition, many objects require endless resources to ensure ongoing care and preservation.

Photography by Julia Bauer