Silurian Sea Floor
Mixed media, 10 x 10 x 2″
Laying down Earth’s geologic strata is a millions-of-years process. Ancient sea beds can lie deeply or shallowly, their ages determined by organic and inorganic inclusions. Layering is imperceptible in a human lifetime. We cannot conceive of the time spans that encompass tearing down and building up of Earth’s geologic mantle. The ‘Silurian Sea Floor’ you see here took layering-down, building up and then some removing–maybe 5 days at the most.
The architecture of geology rivals anything we design and build. I try to reconstruct my sense of geologic architecture on a small scale: texture, angles, fit and juxtaposition, surface, and the definite sense of weight. I use construction materials and tools to build up, take down, carve, shift and rebuild surfaces on boards. A board is a solid base for the construction process that in a sense replicates the geologic process. I keep that metaphor in mind during the construction. ‘Construction’ is how I see it.