Rum was one of the earliest world-wide commodities. Distilled from molasses, this became a currency of great fortune and grave oppression, comparable to our contemporary relationship to oil.

Molasses is integral to gingerbread, explosives, and rum and is inextricably linked to slavery, the American Revolution, the British navy, pirates, prohibition, and the Caribbean. With this in mind, this installation also references the North End’s Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

 

 

 

 

Working with the smell and depth of this viscous derivative of sugar refinery, this installation is an abstract exploration of Boston’s fascinating, sordid, and sticky relationship to molasses.