Installation from the series CLAYSTUDIES / 2016 / size variable / clay, irrigation system, spot light, reflection

All consists of an unfired slab of clay lying on the floor in front of a wall. The clay is regularly sprayed with fine water mist every eight minutes by means of an automatic watering system. A spotlight is directed at the damp clay slab and reflects its reflection onto the wall, on which the structure of the clay appears as a constantly changing image: It is like looking into a universe full of stars that dissolve into milky ways, only to form new galaxies again.

About CLAYSTUDIES : In this series of work, I concentrate entirely on the material clay in order to create something temporary, something that lives and transforms. The starting point for my series CLAYSTUDIES was my work Tonboden, a 50 square metre room with a smooth floor of earth-moist clay. I had taken 3.5 tons of raw material from a clay pit in Hesse with a trailer, brought it into the exhibition room and laboriously spread it out on the floor by hand until an even surface was created. In the exhibition, the clay surface could be viewed but not stepped upon. I was mainly interested in the spatial effect of the material and the examination of its transformation process. After the exhibition, I tore the work off. Crushed it into powder and mixed with water, the clay became a mass again, with a homogeneous colour and new suppleness. It serves as raw material for the further work of the CLAYSTUDIES. The objects created from the recycled clay are once again entirely dedicated to the material and its processes of change. The unpreservable change of state of the material is an important subject of my work.