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Description of work

'Rorschach blot using Jet, that has been ground to a powder and made into ink. Jet (fossilised wood from the Monkey Puzzle tree) is primarily known for two things, for its blackness and for its use in mourning jewellery. It has many lesser-known associations. Powdered jet added to water or wine was believed to have medicinal powers. In contemporary metaphysics it has been said that jet can be used to dispel fearful thoughts as well as protect the wearer against illness and violence. It is said to be a calming agent, providing diminishment of depression. Jet has also been known as black amber, as it may induce an electric charge like that of amber when rubbed.'