In the News
Interesting or critical news featuring ochre, iron and earth pigments, and my own selection of relevant media coverage, art and articles around the world. Visit our Press and Useful Info for additional reading/sources. Seen an interesting piece on ochre, iron oxides or earth pigment lately? Let us know!
Brazil prosecutor aims to charge Vale within days over mining waste dam disaster (about the Brumadinho iron ore mine disaster in Brazil, where over 270 people died and )
Iron-rich Fe-O compounds at Earth’s core pressures (yep, Earth’s heart is technically an ochre)
Primary Sources: A Natural History of the Artist’s Palette (more expansive history on natural pigments, written by Phillip Ball, author of Bright Earth)
Ocre: El primer pigmento (overview of ochre)
How Indigenous People Got Some Land Back in Oakland (and named the place, “Rinihmu Pulte’irekne, meaning “Above the Red Ochre” in Chochenyo).
What the Ancient Pigment Ochre Tells us about the Human Mind (some background on how ochre helps evolve human cognitive abilities)
Hunter-gatherers heated lake gunk to make ochre paint (discusses biogenic ochre paint technology)
An odyssey in search of ochre (an exploration of oche mining and use around South Africa, largely focused on historical use)
Underwater caves once hosted America’s oldest known ochre mines (Now-submerged Mexican caves hold signs of red pigment extraction as early as 12,000 years ago: research by ochre research specialist, Brandi MacDonald)
The Woman Archiving the World’s Ochres, (coverage on early variation of the Ochre Sanctuary project in T: New York Times Style Magazine)
Nanoparticles can improve stroke recovery by enhancing brain stimulation, study shows (these are iron oxide (ochre) nanoparticles, just in case you’re wondering).
Dutch Phosphorus Recovery Innovation Scoops Prize (discusses how to recover blue ochre, vivianite, from wastewater stream)
Ochre, a film by Brazilian artist Anita Ekman
Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe wears the ‘Red Paint’ and finds a home of her own (great radio interview)
Humor and Beauty Combine in New Works by Caroline Shaw and Pamela Z (review of new choral works, “Ink” and “Ochre”)
Ochres, a contemporary dance performance for Bengarra in Australia.
Sandy Carpet (enormous “soil carpet” earthworks on Iran’s Hormuz island)
Using Soil to Make Art : Geologists in California and Wyoming use unique palettes to teach science
The Colors of Earth and Beyond: Artist Interview with Ulrike Arnold
Making Saltburn Ochre with Onya McCausland (on biogenic ochre recovery from mine waste) for Turning Landscape