“What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn’t everyone’s life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?” – Michel Foucault
For many years Hughes' mother suffered ill health due to a brain tumour. It is this and other histories which preoccupy me when thinking about mass extinction, climate change, plastic pollution and other pollutants. In 2001 Friends of the Earth published a report titled 'Pollution and PovertyBreaking the link', it reveals the stark links between deprivation and pollution. Hughes grew up in the mining town of Castleford, West Yorkshire, the district of Glasshoughton is listed as one of the wards in England with a high index of multiple deprivation (in the highest 10 - 20 percent of wards) and with industrial emissions of over 1 tonne of carcinogens (1999).
Listed Pollutants in the report 'Pollution and PovertyBreaking the link' include:
ACETALDEHYDE (ETHANAL), ACRYLONITRILE, ANILINE, ARSENIC, ASBESTOS (SUSPENDED PARTICLES & FIBRES), BENZENE, BENZO(A)PYRENE,BENZYL CHLORIDE(A-CHLOROTOLUENE), BERYLLIUM, BROMOETHYLENE (VINYL BROMIDE), 1,3-BUTADIENE, CADMIUM, CARBON TETRACHLORIDE, 1-CHLORO-2,3 EPOXYPROPANE(EPICHLOROHYDRIN), CHLOROETHANE (ETHYL CHLORIDE), CHLOROETHENE (CHLOROETHYLENE, VINYL CHLORIDE), CHLOROFORM (TRICHLOROMETHANE),1,2-DIBROMOETHANE,1,4-DICHLOROBENZENE,1,2-DICHLOROETHANE (ETHYLENE DICHLORIDE), DICHLOROMETHANE (METHYLENE CHLORIDE OR DICHLORIDE), DIETHYL SULPHATE, DIMETHYL SULPHATE, 1,4 DIOXANE, DIOXINS (REPORTED AS TEQ), ETHYLENE OXIDE, FORMALDEHYDE, HYDRAZINE, LEAD, LEAD - PARTICULATE (+ITS COMPOUNDS), LEAD COMPOUNDS, 4,4'-METHYLENEBIS[2-CHLOROANALINE], NICKEL, NITROBENZENE, NITROMETHANE, PROPYLENE OXIDE (METHYLOXIRANE), 1,1,2,2-TETRACHLOROETHANE (TETRACHLORETHANE), TETRACHLOROETHENE(TETRACHLORETHYLENE, PERCHLOROETHYLENE), TRICHLOROETHYLENE, TRICHLOROTOLUENE
Title: Mum trying on a wig after first brain opperation, 1990
Helen 1989 | Media: Contact Print 30 x 40 inches
Toby 1989 | Media: Contact Print 30 x 40 inches
Alison 1989 | Media: Contact Print 30 x 40 inches