SURFACEOLOGY

Is an exploration into the new area of geology - Anthropocene - in which mankind has an all encompassing influence on our Earth. 

 

Plastic is now becoming part of our environment embedded into rock formations and in tiny particles in sand on even the most romote beaches, an unescapable feature of the 21st century. It is part of our landscape now but could it be mined in the future, a new mineral for excavation?

I explored this concept through the creation of 3 tactile surfaces:

Surfaceology

Is an exploration into the new area of geology - Anthropocene - in which mankind has an all encompassing influence on our Earth. 

 

Plastic is now becoming part of our environment embedded into rock formations and in tiny particles in sand on even the most romote beaches, an unescapable feature of the 21st century. It is part of our landscape now but could it be mined in the future, a new mineral for excavation?

I explored this concept through the creation of 3 tactile surfaces:

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Geomorphic Tiles         |        Ingrained Textures         |          Plastiglomerates Surfaces

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Geomorphic Tiles explores the wide variety of textures and layers within rock formations, that are continually altering overtime with the perpetual weathered cycle that both build-ups and destroys our rock formations.

 

These tiles can be incorporated in a modular system in a variety of ways to showcase the complex textures found in geology.

Ingrained Textures investigates the new phenomenon called plastiglomerates where rocks infused with plastic are now being found in nature due to the extensive pollution caused by humans.

 

This surface illustrates how plastics are becoming part of our natural landscape and how both plastics and minerals could work together.

Plastiglomerate Surfaces consider how plastics may become common part of our geology and possibly even something to be mined in the future.

 

Using marquetry to combine acrylic plastic sheets with Jesmonite, the pieces showcas the inherant qualities of both materials in a harmonious surface.

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