E 120

It is well known that harmful chemicals, including dyes of all kinds, have serious effects on human health and the environment. Behind the natural-looking colors of buildings, textiles, and even food, there is often a complexity of harmful laboratory processes. The author proposes a return to natural methods of color production. Referring to Mayan and Aztec recipes, as well as Central and South American practices, she created a dark red dye derived from dried, ground insects, the so-called cactus maggots, known
known in the world of dyes under the symbol E120.

Implementation: 2021/22

Endre Lehel Paksi

Project carried out in 2022 as part of the Artist & Researchers Residency program in Guiniguada Gran Canaria