Drawing for Asbestos, 2017, charcoal on Arches watercolour paper, 30 x 22in
When I was a kid, my family travelled across Canada and we took a tour of the asbestos mines at Thetford in Southern Quebec. We went down into the mines and they gave me a sample to play with, which I kept for years. I would pull the fibres apart and stick them back together like some strange, natural, dry silly putty. We didn’t really know it caused cancer.