Space Becomes Place Exhibition

July 31st, 2018

I participated in the Space Becomes Place group exhibition at Not Quite in Fengersfors, Sweden with the piece:

Extracting Place
Mixed Media Installation
(8:00 minute sound HD video loop + 12 air-dried earthen blocks cast in place)

For me, spaces are dominated by the unknown, places by the familiar. Fengersfors, Sweden is a space for me - still full of new and abstract possibilities. Over the four weeks of this residency I carved out a bit of my own place by locating, extracting and working with some of Fengersfors' most basic raw materials. Clay and sand - used universally for design and construction - always help to ground me when I arrive in a new space. Regardless of location, their familiar properties allow me to begin a process of shaping something new that becomes my own but is still very much connected to the local place.

The video installation in this piece documents the raw spaces I frequented on my journey to locating and extracting raw clay from the historic Fengersfors clay pit. The clay I collected was used to cast the twelve earthen blocks in place during the week leading up to the exhibition opening. The block dimensions are based on the original fired bricks used to construct Fenegersfors Bruk (22.5cm x 11cm x 6.5cm). Air-dried earth is a completely recyclable material. These earthen blocks will melt back into the grounds around Not Quite once the exhibition is over.

Photo by Cornelia Theimer Gardella