Installation for Collect Open 2020
Linda Bloomfield specialises in ceramic glazes and thrown porcelain. Her installation for Collect Open 2020 was a series of organic forms based on stromatolites and granite boulders.
The work brings attention to the effect of climate change and pollution on lichens, which are indicators of clean air. They are sensitive to pollutants including sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide and ozone. Air pollution causes a gradual decrease in the diversity of lichens.
She uses crawl glazes in ochre, viridian green and chalk white to represent the lichens. At first the lichen effect glazes cover the forms abundantly, then gradually decrease until the forms are dark and barren.