Finding Ground 2018
Finding Ground/ 2018/ Meanwhile Gallery Window, Wellington, Photo credit: Laura Duffy
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The geological landscape around us is always in a state of flux. It shifts and wears constantly. In Finding Ground, Rebecca Steedman presents a series of objects, cast in clay, alongside a digital imagining of the ground from these objects came. In her ceramic works, the artist has taken pressings of volcanic rocks, lava flows and landslides, as well as incorporating volcanic material, ash and iron sand into the clay from which these objects are made. These additions and alterations are intended to emphasise the fickleness, the unpredictability of the world at hand. Of concern here is the uncertain ‘ground’ upon which one might stand, from which one might feel confident enough to make claims about the world. The online component of this work is a series of concrete poems comprised of found texts. Language is pushed to the edge of meaning; stories, here, might be pieced together as if from the point of view of a cynic, imagining the dissolution of the known world, or an optimist, imagining the possibility of a new world in its place. Text by Simon Gennard.