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Here's my first attempt at a riddle,hopefully it's not too obvious. Please answer with explanations.

I have been on Earth too long to remember.
It can be said part of me is just ash.
But don't mistake me as immortal or black-hearted,
the more I work, the more white I become.
As a hobby,
I have composed lots of artworks you see in art museums,
just don't ask me to swim, I don't work well under water.

Who am I ?

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You are

Charcoal

I have been on Earth too long to remember.

Coal is created by geological processes over a long period of time

It can be said I am created from ash.

Charcoal can be generated by slow heating of wood

But don't mistaken me as immortal or black-hearted, the more I work, the more white I become.

A charcoal briquette becomes grey and ashy as it burns

As a hobby, I have composed lots of artworks you see in art museums,

Charcoal can also be used as an art medium

just don't ask me to swim, I don't work well under water.

I can't think of any uses for wet charcoal

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  • $\begingroup$ I guess its too obvious? I will accept it in 15 minutes. $\endgroup$ – Matthew Lau Mar 30 '16 at 16:28
  • $\begingroup$ funny, I don't remember answering this question, haha $\endgroup$ – Matt Mar 30 '16 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, that's disconcerting. I wonder who gets the alert if I type @Matt $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 30 '16 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Khale_Kitha Not me. In case some people are suspecting, I can assure you me and him are two different people. $\endgroup$ – Matthew Lau Mar 30 '16 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ No, there's Two Matts =D The one that commented is not the one that posted. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 30 '16 at 16:32
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Partial Answer

You are

a diamond

It can be said I am created from ash.

Diamonds are said to be created from ash.

But don't mistaken me as immortal or black-hearted,

Some diamonds are Black Diamonds

the more I work, the more white I become.

If you shine a light through it, it displays all the colors that makeup white light.

As a hobby, I have composed lots of artworks you see in art museums,

Diamonds, and artwork made from diamonds, is on exhibit, everywhere.

just don't ask me to swim, I don't work well under water.

Diamonds don't float

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    $\begingroup$ This can be an potential alternative, but it won't explain how it becomes more "white" after work. $\endgroup$ – Matthew Lau Mar 30 '16 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ I'll wedge it into the slot, then! Hahaha $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 30 '16 at 16:32

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