Experiments (2010)


I've always had an interest in the sublime, that which we can experience but is too huge and overwhelming to fully understand or adequately represent, and my fascination with geological formations and "deep time" comes out of this. I'm interested in how one starts to get one's mind around concepts like the age of the planet or gigantic ancient glaciers that imperceptibly glide across the landscape. These phenomena are so massive and outside our frame of human reference that they seem like abstractions, especially compared to the drastic transformations that humans have imposed on the landscape in a relatively insignificant amount of time.

Using abstraction, readily available materials, and the element of randomness, I have been working on several "experiments" that are my way of trying to understand geological processes. While this work is an extension of my interests in landscape and understanding place and space, the approach is more experimental, intuitive, and material-based than other projects in recent years. My previous work dealt with the built environment of the city, the world that I come from and felt comfortable critiquing; this new work, by contrast, is about learning and using the materials as a way to work through ideas. As much as I am interested in learning about geology, I am also considering how we come to comprehend abstract concepts. Research has always been an important part of my process and I see these "experiments" as a way of exploring the nature of curiosity and auto-didacticism.