From an inorganic cosmos surges the living planet earth. Life is essentially born in an atmosphere of non-life. A delicate equilibrium of elements brings forth vital breath, growth and transformation. The organic substance of the earth is cradled in mass of toxic, corrosive and radioactive matter. Yet life mysteriously exists and persists. Alongside my passion for rocks and minerals - their colours, elemental compositions, healing properties and endless uses, particularly as pigments in art - this particular contradiction was the thought that ignited the Mineralma series.