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CHEMOTROPHIC LANDSCAPES


        Undulating forms of patina’d steel sheets reference a merging of the chemical and natural world to challenge this seperation and duality of organic and inorganic. Influenced by the New Babylonians and speculative world building of the Dutch artist Constant Anton Nieuwenhuys in the mid 20th century whose architectural miniatures imagined a quasi-Utopia created from the ashes of the end of the world, my series of sculptures explores the possible future of the chemical and natural world on a geological scale. Imagining a corrosion of boundaries between the natural world of organisms and of percieved chemicals and impurities. An imagined future in wich humanities vast resources, once gleaned from the natural world now reorganized and discarded become once again an environment of their own, bookending the primordial sea with the alchemical landscape of a post anthropecene.
Chemotrophs are organisms that consume chemicals, often found in the deep oceans where the suns rays cannot penetrate to grow sustenance they feed off the inorganic materials spewed from the earths core around thermal vents. These creatures ability to feed, in an alchemy like way, transmuting harmful substances into sustenance may be a lynch pin in healing the harm human development has caused the worlds ecosystem. These organisms are an ancient and often unconsidered form of life but with recent interest in environmental stewardship research is being continued in areas such as tailings pond recovery, nuclear cleanup and other restoritive industrial activities.The twisted forms are reminiscent of remnants of industrial processes and are coloured in a way that reference both the build up and decay of paint or lichen and bacteria growths. The hardy floral elements are examples of how nature exists in even the most dire environments.

Various Sizes Available

From 6" to several feet

Hand cut, painted, and sealed

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