Welcome (Merħba)! Throwing open the deck’s doors are the ♠s, inviting the viewer to enter the house of cards with two door knockers (ħabbata), to walk on a sandy floor, the baby-blue Mediterranean sky ahead.
‘At Dawn’ (salt and colouring, 38x26cm) is made purely from grains of salt, pounded with mortar and pestle, a tool used since ancient times, the earliest found date to 35,000BC. Differently coloured salt is then sprinkled onto a surface with a small egg-spoon, symbolic too as an egg is a beginning, a hatching. Although salt paintings are ephemeral like sand mandalas and process art, salt itself is essential to both human and animal life. In a sense this painting is a first taste of what is to come. Production of sea salt dates to prehistoric times while this artwork simultaneously refers to the saltpans of the Maltese Islands and that this set is worth its salt.