Simone Kessler

ALL2016, Installation, size variable, clay, irrigation system, spot light, reflection, (Exhibition View)
2016, Installation, size variable, clay, irrigation system, spot light, reflection
(Exhibition View)

All consists of an unfired slab of clay, which is placed on the floor in front of the wall. The clay is sprayed with a fine mist of water every eight minutes by an irrigation system. A spotlight is aimed at the wet clay slab and redirects its reflection to the wall, on which the structure of the clay appears as a constantly changing image: It seems like a view into a universe full of stars and planets which dissolve into milky clouds, only to form new galaxies again.

From the Series Clay Studies:

In Claystudies, I have concentrated entirely on the material clay to create something temporary, something that lives and continues to develop. The starting point for this series of works was my work Boden (Floor), a 50-square-meter room with a smooth floor made of still moist clay. I had hauled 3,5 tons of raw material by trailer from a clay pit in Hesse, brought it into the exhibition room, and painstakingly spread it out on the floor by hand, until a flat surface was created. In the exhibition, the clay surface could be viewed, but not walked on. I was primarily concerned with the spatial effect of the material and the confrontation with its transformation process. After the exhibition, I tore the work down: crushed to powder and mixed with water, the clay became a mass with homogeneous color and new suppleness again. It serves as a raw material for subsequent works. 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 works of the series Claystudies.