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(2014) Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal common to industrial workplaces (including shipyards) but it is also a carcinogenic chemical component in some paints. Artists who work with cadmium pigments, which are commonly used in strong oranges, reds, and yellows, can easily accidentally ingest dangerous amounts, particularly if they use the pigments in dry form, as with chalk pastels, or in mixing their own paints.
Acute exposure to cadmium fumes may cause flu-like symptoms including chills, fever, and muscle aches and is sometimes referred to as "the cadmium blues."
Cadmium Yellow was one of the airbrush colors I used in the background on this piece. Of course I wear a mask when airbrushing, but as an undergrad I remember a painting instructor specifically advising us to avoid skin contact with cadmium colors (especially Cadmium Red).
Imagine being gracefully, voicelessly dragged across the sky with me in this fever dream journey; lucid sleep paralysis wrapped in a trip, both literal and figurative.
“The only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an `objective correlative'; in other words, a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion.” -- T.S. Eliot