DIRTY LOOKS - THE BURTON ART GALLERY & MUSEUM (UK) 2015 – 2017
Dirty Looks is a prototype collection of make up produced from Bideford Black, a rich black earth pigment that occurs only in the North Devon cliffs. Mined until 1969 it was central to the manufacture of paint, make-up and military camouflage. Since the demise of those industrial applications, little has been known about it’s history. The Burton, with Flow Contemporary Arts commissioned 11 artists consider contemporary possible legacies for the Industry. Made as a result of collaborative research with Swallowfields International (Make up factory Bideford) and Professor Ian Cook (Social Geographer, Exeter University). A collection of poetry Dirty Sandwiches made from miners testimonials, was also commissioned for this project.