This work was exhibited in "Photographic Abstractions", a survey of Australian abstract photography at the Monash Gallery of Art in 2012.
This work is from a series called “Facet”. It is concerned with semi-abstration and spatial distortion using the crystal as its primary motif.
Whilst looking at macro photographs of various crystal structures, I was reminded of how these structures resembled archetypal moments in modernism. One particular image of salt crystals, strongly reminded me of the architectural drawings and models produced by the collaborations between Cornelis van Eesteren and Theo van Doesburg during the De Stijl. Likewise, designs by Piet Zwart and Piet Mondrian also came to mind.
For me, there is an essential link between the faceted structures created by crystallization and the aesthetics of De Stijl and modernism. With its belief that social good could be constructed via fine art and architecture, modernists set about creating their own version of utopian space. I therefore like to think that the crystal facet becomes the signifier for a utopian existence. Since I think that utopia is an unrealistic social ideal that is yet to be reached, I decided to grow my own.
This artwork is printed on archival rag paper that is 61cm x 89cm (W x H).
This work was created in camera and through the lens.
Edition 1 of 3 (+AP) .