The work makes me think about the creative process and its relationship with material in a few ways.
Remaking a lakebed surface with material laid down half a million years ago provided a physical manifestation of a place from the past in the here and now.
It suggests notions of time and its relativity; it asks us to consider questions of where we come from.
Equally, it mimicked the original environmental conditions and brings to mind parts of the world where climate change is impacting today; of the desertification caused by excessive evaporation and land mismanagement.
It was great to co-create with scientists and see our different expectations, knowledge and understanding focus on this most basic of materials, the mud.
The mud effectively changed in value and meaning depending on context: either in a lab or in a gallery.
The process of the mud drying was interesting to observe. We set up the conditions and then saw what happened….it was always going to crack as it dried, but in what pattern? Seeing it take place was fascinating. Despite the mud’s apparently inert character, the conditions drew attention to the material transformation, to the process of change.