Black Gold approaches mining practices and the indisputably thriving, yet ruinous, extractive industries in the colonial states of British Columbia and Alberta, particularly within the context of the Athabasca oil sands and the pipelines that run from Alberta to the west coast. This project explores the idea that mined substances are inherently connected to our bodies through a shared geological origin. The energy of a molecule is the energy of a person, the energy of a place, the energy of a moment. Like the strata of the earth, punctured by extraction, Black Gold explores these issues through their many and ever-shifting layers.