In 2008, Secunda began printing with crude oil, increasingly aware of how contemporary lives are entirely facilitated by oil and setting out to record the
petro-chemical age with the oil itself. With persistence, Secunda was able to make crude oil behave like paint and began to screen print images using it as an artistic medium. The works portray the defining moments of the oil industry and the petrochemical age – in its own medium.

The crude oil project will span Secunda’s lifetime – and will cover the key moments in modern history made possible by oil, from the invention of the kerosene lamp in Poland to the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia, including the blowing in of the first middle eastern well: Dammam No. 7. The project continues through time to the digital age and the present day.