photos: ida lawrence (left), gleen locklee (top center)


entropy , 2018 is a collaborative work that investigate organic (weeds) and inorganic matter (metals) through oxidised chemical processes. It explores the concept of entropy, or disorder - a loss of equilibrium and control – through the chemical disruptive processes of natural and man-made matter. During one month art residency at Culture at Work, Ferracin collected weeds found in CAW's backyard and surrounding Pyrmont Park and hung them in the studio in preparation for the next phase. Investigating alternatives to common weed killers she came upon nonanoic acid, a natural organic chemical that oxidises weeds's leaves when applied, by disrupting their cell walls. Ferracin has played with different stages of oxidation by exposing these Australian weeds to the sun at different intervals of time. With this material Ferracin has created entropy within various organic colours from bleached yellow to brown, pink, black and green continually changing tint and shape due to entropy ongoing process of decay. Lisa Tolcher has responded to Ferracin's oxidised weeds by integrating inorganic sculptural elements of chemically treated patinated copper, blending together into one entropy work. Intentionally Ferracin has hang the weeds floating in the air making them appear like if they are alive and exposing the visitor in direct contact with life and decay. Finding an environmental alternative to temporary eradicate weeds and counter human’s chemical intervention proved a very worthwhile discovery.

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