I decided to list inappropriate uses for lead, bearing in mind its toxic when ingested. Cutlery, dentures and baby toys were considered for casting, but it occurred to me that actually swallowing lead would be very harmful. The phrase “This would put lead in your pencil” sprung to mind. Given that alchemists used lead I decided to cast medicinal products. One of the side-effects of lead poisoning is erectile dysfunction, so it seemed obvious to cast Viagra tablets.
The presentation and label
Reflection on my dialogue
There was of course an ongoing dialogue during the making of the pieces, as I needed advice from experienced artists, and also finding the best method of making to suit my lack of experience with Delph casting.