Ingrid Bolton (South African, b. 1963)
MediumCoal dust and ink on cotton paper
DimensionsSheet/image : 11 1/2 x 8 in. (29.21 x 20.32 cm)
Frame : 17 x 13 1/2 in. (43.18 x 34.29 cm)
LabelSouth African artist Ingrid Bolton brings her academic background in microbiology and her experience as an organic farmer into her work as a visual artist. Using a variety of different materials, Bolton strives to reveal the hidden structures of nature and the symbiotic relationships that connect all living things. This drawing uses a mixture of coal dust and ink to depict a grass species called Lagurus ovatus (Hare’s tail grass) that is native to the Mediterranean but has become invasive in South Africa. Bolton finds symbolic meaning in the use of coal as an artistic material since coal is made from ancient plants and is now the source of much of the carbon dioxide that is fueling global climate change.