"I'll Clean It Up Later, 18 monoprints on rice paper of man-made oil spills. As with 50 views, the work deals with the process of the combination of oil and water-based materials, primarily detergent, baby oil and India ink. Unlike 50 views, the use of the marine organism is non-existent and relies on a particular order of execution on a piece of plexi-glass as the main surface. Washing detergent is the first material applied with an eyedropper. Then the India ink is dropped within the area where the detergent was placed (literally on top of the detergent as it does not move and retains the ink in the position it was dropped). The baby oil is applied (a material I had researched as an eco-friendly solvent and discovered its actually harmful) and forces the detergent to move rapidly across the plexi-glass. By applying the baby oil on top of the ink, small bubbles are formed that imitate islands or the glob-like substance that is reminiscent of oil spills. The 12” x 18” sheet of rice paper is folded in half and then pressed unto the plexi to create the image.

The title references my own inability to clean up after myself as well as humanity’s lack of attention to environmental consciousness. With this man-made oil spill, the ink will eventually dissipate as it does in a natural setting (this could be considered a non-persistent oil spill as it eventually dissipates into the environment). Although the oil property from the baby oil is not as detrimental as crude or fuel oils, the oil will spread on whatever surface it is placed or displayed on. This also applies for the plexi-glass that will dry with a residue regardless of the use of the detergent, which is a form of a degreaser. Important to note, the use of the detergent was the catalyst to force the fake spill into movement.

I’m re-creating an environmental event that affects the ocean such as weathering which refers to the stages oil spills undergo from contact to dissipation. The processes of each of these stages occur primarily on the plexi-glass to serve as representation of the ocean surface:

Spreading: the event of the oil spreading over the ocean surface.

For this stage, the detergent is the catalyst for allowing movement of the spill although baby oil is applied. During the process, without the first application of the detergent, the spill will not move regardless of application of the baby oil.

Evaporation: The rate of evaporation and the speed at which it occurs depend upon the volatility of the oil.

This stage occurs when the detergent material hits the plexi-glass, it starts to dry and leave a slight residue if staying dormant in a particular spot for to long.

Dispersion: The breaking of the oil into fragments and droplets due to the waves and turbulence of oceanic movement.

This stage occurs when the plexi is agitated (either before or after the application of the India ink or the baby oil) and forces a movement of the spill into various directions.

Emulsification: When two liquids combine, with one ending up suspended in the other.

This stage occurs when either the application of the India ink or the baby oil is dropped into the detergent creating bubble-like forms or a visual pocket that separates the material.

Dissolution: Water-soluble compounds in oil may be dissolved in the surrounding water (occurs most quickly when the oil is dispersed in the water column).

This stage occurs when and if the quantity of detergent overcomes the ink and oil, the materials will be dissolved and washed off the plexi or naturally dissipate into the detergent.

Oxidation: When oils react chemically with oxygen either breaking down into soluble products or forming persistent compounds called tars.

This stage occurs if the bulk of the ink material is left to sit, it will create a form of a residue and even dry out into a sticky, tacky substance.

Sedimentation/Sinking: When oils sink into the marine environment.

The seventh sedimentation/sinking primarily relates to the detergent and India ink, as it is water based it will dissipate into one another, or a water surface especially during the cleaning up process of the plexi-glass.

Biodegrading: The degradation of oil to water-soluble compounds.

This stage will occur after immediate contact with the detergent. Most of the compounds will dilute such as the India ink, however the mineral oil in the baby oil is a slick greasy material that will instantly dilute itself into the detergent if the quantity overcomes the oil." - Abstract From 2015 Grduate Thesis.