Untitled (clay floor)

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Untitled (Clay Floor). Raw clay, footprints. 2015.

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Untitled (Clay Floor). Raw clay, footprints. 2015.

 

Untitled (clay floor)

Materials: wet clay, human footprints

2015

Changes of state are profound. Water can float into the air, fall as rain, freeze and support great weight, or liquefy and sink a pebble. It is the same material, but fundamentally different ways of being, different sets of properties. Clay also undergoes these changes, aided by water. The rich, dark dampness of wet clay gives way over time to lighter brittleness, fragility and desiccation. The squish of clay between toes becomes a memory as the moisture recedes toward the far wall. The air in the room becomes thick with humidity, leaving the clay and entering lungs, as the front edge dries and cracks, chalky. It may be the natural aftermath of the trampling of human feet. It may also be the tide receding, a reminder of the primacy and elusiveness of water: permeating the room and body, yet slipping away.