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From the artist:
Hashish is a series of symbolic ceramic works depicting 1Kg of gold seal black from Mazar Sharif of Afghanistan. The survival of the fittest is a phrase that originated from Darwinian's evolutionary theory as a way of describing the mechanism of natural selection. Faced with the situation of “kill or be killed” what would you choose? Hashish is my interpretation of exploring the temptation that delves into the boundary that separates civilization from barbarism, the vertigo of losing your temper when faced with “kill or be killed scenario. My brother Jimmy has been in a Scottish jail since he was aged 21 for murdering a rival drug dealer with an axe after a drug deal over a consignment of imported Hashish into central Scotland went very wrong. He is now 49. I can remember seeing a lot of these 1kg blocks of resin wrapped in plastic and covered with garlic powder in an attempt to throw off the smell from sniffer dogs as they arrived from a distant country to Scotland. My fascination with the maker's gold and red logo. His proud stamp of authentication or damnation?