Mary Hackett

I have a crush on you - I would like to tell you about being crushed by the pain of the world; or about that time …. that time that I was young enough to have a crush ……

When crushing a can, pressing it under a heavy steel block after heating it to yellow-hot, it folds like a concertina. It closes over in pleats as the scale, an oxidised coating caused by heating, cracks and falls away in large flakes from the can as it does so. Instead of being shiny, that gaudiness brought on by mass production, it is blue-grey and somber. It overlaps in waves. The pattern created is flower-like, reminding me of that time ….