What? How? Why? Rare Earth Elements

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What? How? Why? Rare Earth Elements

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What, How, Why

It began there. That rock. What?
Black among the red and white rabble of a quarry,
Sparked a chemist one snowless Swedish day
Heavy in hand, and handed on.
Each geochemist’s encounter
A provocation, an innovation:
Another acid extraction to base precipitation.
Oxides so similar they’re mistaken as one.

At the frontier of chemistry, nights were long
And good for pondering
The drudgery of fifteen thousand refinements.
First named for the trouble,
Then named for the quarry,
And then for more trouble
Until the What was answered.

Now here. This field. How? Why?
Steel silviculture’s whirling blades
Flash shadows on golden thatch,
Current harvested by two ton magnets yoked below.
Transmission to millions
Sister elements hold the charge.
Rare earth from another hemisphere
Transposed with cash, a caustic pond,
Bamboo reclaiming and reinforcing the scar.

At the frontier of technology, days are indefinite
And good for pondering
The future of eight, nine, ten billion people
Empowered, connected, and stranded.
Refining our How
Until our Why is answered.
Justine Owen

Rare Earth Elements: Lanthanum Cerium Praseodymium Neodymium Promethium Samarium Europium Gadolinium Terbium Dysprosium Holmium Erbium Thulium Ytterbium Lutetium
La Ce Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Yb Lu
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To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. William Blake
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Alles vergängliche, ist nur ein Gleichnis? (Everything transitory, is nothing but metaphor? Goethe
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Jan Owen

Date

2020

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51 x 18 x 2.5 inches unrolled
Acrylic and sumi ink on 4 layers of painted polyester
Mounted as hanging scroll with linen cord
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Jan Owen, “What? How? Why? Rare Earth Elements,” All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues, accessed July 3, 2022, https://abcdbelfast.omeka.net/items/show/67.

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