Makeshift Geology (an Anthroposcene)                                                                                   ... see related installation shape of things (sight unscene)

 (2013- )
 

Like the epochs of the Eocene or Pleistocene that came before, the present age of the Anthropocene will define a geologic strata for millions of years to come through our structures, remnant forms, and its biogeochemical alteration of the surface of the planet itself.   With the Anthropocene, any asserted fundamental division between the human and the natural shows itself to be untenable. As such, this collection of makeshift geology is an anthropo-scene, and by necessity a combination natural and artful, rock and non-rock, a constellation of parts merging in continuity as a whole.

 

These rocks and various objects were collected in hours of walking round the Montserrat mountains in Spain.  Many of these rocks are fashioned from tracing paper and watercolor, or hybrids of collage. Together with the found and made rocks, other items discovered on walks these were brought into the collection, including pieces of paraffin wax, decaying juice boxes, pieces of bark, tin foil, and shoe leather. 

 

While so many of these items not only resemble rocks on the face of it, they are also becoming part of the sediment that will create new rocks, stones, and pebbles, albeit on a biogeochemical timescale beyond our typical reckoning. They are all in a process of collective transformation as well as physical exchange with everything around them.

 

Roger Caillois reflected… “For a stone represents an obvious achievement, yet one arrived at without invention, skill, industry, or anything else that would make it a work in the human sense of the word, much less a work of art. The work comes later, as does art; but the far-off roots and hidden models of both lie in the obscure yet irresistible suggestions in nature.

 

The Anthropocene suggests that any past divergence of the geologic and anthropogenic from a shared root is now undergoing an inversion - the two are reconverging such that the hidden model can be turned inside out.

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