Ingrid Bolton was born in Johannesburg South Africa in 1963. She now resides and works in Cape Town. Bolton’s area of interest is taking pressing global issues and bringing them into the public space for discussion. Installation is the predominant medium she uses but has also included video. She has a background in microbiology, which fuels the need to make the microscopic world visible. A few years spent running a farm lead her to focus her attention on the changes in climate conditions and weather.
Recently she has exhibited work that looks at the role of microscopic organisms in the oceans, cable theft and ocean acidification – all global problems. She won the Sasol New Signatures competition in 2012 and her work is included in the Sasol and Pretoria Art Museum collections. She has had solo shows at the Pretoria Art Museum, Sasol Art Museum and at Iziko South African Museum. She completed her MFA at Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2016.
We live as individuals but are part of the whole. We are the micro within the macro, but we become more of the macro when we connect. We connect via phones and the
Internet to access individuals, companies and organizations. We join, we link and we visit. We communicate from extreme ends of the globe, instantly. All these connections are made possible because of the conductive ability of copper, on which we rely for transmission.
The network of connectivity is a web of cables laid above and below us, easily
accessible and stolen. With the growing demand for copper, resulting in the increased price, interruptions are happening more frequently due to cable theft. Commuters are stranded, electricity is cut and connections are severed.
My work explores how copper is deconstructed, broken down into individual strands and then reconstructed in various ways. The cable comes together to suggest layers of soil, water or skin. I investigate how the global demand for copper has micro and macro implications for South Africa as well as and the greater global community