A thing that was a thing that was a thing, 2017, porcelain casts of kaolin* rock, each covered in a digital image of the rock’s surface, on faux grass.
*Kaolin, which was first used in China to make fine white porcelain, became highly sought after by a European gentry making do with crude earthenware. In 1786 a material mimicking the qualities of kaolin was patented in Cornwall, Britain by William Cookworthy, resulting in a decline in Chinese exports to Europe.
Originally published in Failed States issue no.1: island, September 2017. Photograph by Tim Bowditch
Jasleen Kaur is a Scottish Indian artist based in London. Brought up in a traditional Sikh household in Glasgow, her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within materials and objects.