Mountain of Salt is an ongoing body of work comprised of found images, appropriated text and digital shape collages and were born as a response to the current narrative surrounding our everyday ‘normal’. Since Covid-19 unfolded across the world, I like many others have become acutely aware of the landscape in which we are living in, where everything has felt amplified. We cling to the news for updates, statistics and curves; and in our own ways analyzing the myriad forms of information. It highlights the way in which language, words and speech have a physical presence, a bearing upon us and carry weight.
These text-based collages focus on the provocative language used by politicians, journalists and individuals who were sharing their commentary, updates or thoughts at first related to the pandemic, but it soon expanded.
The works have continued to evolve and they now encompass issues and moments that have affected us well beyond the virus – conversations around oppression, racism and witnessing trauma but also to the more light-hearted, comical moments in these times where we take solace. This curious collection of phrases speaks to the dissemination of language and its effect upon us.