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Billie Ireland

MA Fine Art

This body of work has the title 'Constructive Distillation'. The title is is a play on words. The work came about after I became obsessed with the process of making charcoal.

Destructive distillation is the chemical process that produces charcoal and involves the forced decomposition of organic material through heating it in an oxygen free environment. Through this process I investigated the states of chaos and order. I formed an intimate relationship with materials that is deeply personal and has metaphysical symbolism. Having the opportunity to explore materials and process using a new creative vocabulary allowed me to focus my creative energy. My practice was transformed, hence the title 'Constructive Distillation'.


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