Canacadea Creek Rundown (Cairn I)
Wooden shelf containing relics from site and fused cairns.
Canacadea Creek Rundown (Cairn I) is part of an ongoing project using the language of human-stacked stones to mark space. To create this work, I used rocks I collected from a local creek to assemble a cairn in a kiln, and thermally fused the stack together. By using only these stones and the high-heat of a ceramic kiln, the materials making up the work remain physically close to their natural forms; brought to temperatures similar to those found twenty-nine miles below the surface of the Earth, but without that extreme pressure. In fusing each cairn, I apply geologic-esque forces to geologic materials, changing the state of the rocks from sedimentary mudrock to something new, half-metamorphosed into chemical compositions stronger and stranger than before. I returned the cairn to the creek and photographed it within a landscape heavily modified—perhaps entirely created—by direct human action; the creek meanders through the site of a construction dump.
'Answering Earth' archives 15 artworks displayed in the virtual exhibition Answering Earth— organized by Rural Midwest Artist Collective, with guest juror Jason Brown (@miningthelandscape). The exhibition called for any media concerned with the subject of land-use.
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