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Easy come, easy go, 2015, Graphite and Paper
[52cm x 42cm x 20cm]

 
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Easy come, easy go, 2015, Graphite and Paper
[52cm x 42cm x 20cm]

Easy come easy go visualises the alchemic experiments of Antoine Lavoisier, who in 1772 managed to transform a diamond into pure graphite. This ground breaking discovery proved that diamonds and graphite were actually the same element; carbon. In turn, this started a race to create synthetic diamonds from lumps of graphite. The prestige associated with diamonds is established in many cultures and the possibility to manufacture this prized object leads to question our understanding of value and wealth.

Photo credit: Paul Blakemore