Petro-tourism documents my travel to significant petrochemical and transportation sites in Southern Ontario. Employing the road trip as a form of mobile research, this series pictures the history (and prehistory) of petroleum filtered through its lively and life-giving provenance as fossilized algae, a concentrated soup of photosynthetic organisms distorted by millions of years of heat and pressure.
These works are screen printed on translucent polyethylene surfaces using a transparent ink and microalgae solution. As light bounces through the plastic substrate and dozen coats of algae pigment, the prints take on a delicate, luminous quality that obfuscates photographic clarity or pretense at documentary objectivity. Unfixed and light sensitive, the chlorophyll pigment fades over time until the images are visible only as a subtle difference in sheen under a raking light.