Glazed Porcelain. Size 30x30 cm. 2022
Gems is a series of seven sculptures, cast in porcelain. As the title refers, the sculptures looks like stones, but not ordinary gray stones.
The idea is to add something new to nature. Something not seen before. Surrealistic stones.
What is a stone? It can be a loose piece of solid, mineral material formed artificially (eg brick), organic (eg kidney stone) or formed by geological processes (rocks and minerals).
Rocks are the solid materials from which the earth's crust is made. The individual constituents of rocks are most often crystallized minerals. In geological sense, clay, sand and gravel are also rock types, although they are often referred to as soils.
Jewelry stones and semi-precious stones are the terms of minerals used for jewelry and ornamental objects. These stones does not have the same coveted properties such as hardness, luster and translucency, compared to gemstones. Porcelains hardness is estimated at 7-8 points on the Mohs scale. Diamonds have a hardness of 10. According to this scale, my Gems are precious stones, and therefore almost as valuable as diamonds, based on the hardness.
My attempt to add something new to nature becomes a distortion of reality. What I have added is already there, but in a different context. The stones have been produced artificially, they have become precious stones out of clay.
Some of the gems have an opening. We usually think of rocks as massive, but there are examples of hollow rocks in nature, called Geodes.
In the garden of our family cabin in the south of Norway, we have a stone bed with white stones. As a child, I was very fascinated by these stones, and considered them almost like diamonds. I thought they were rare and very valuable. As an adult, I still don't know what stones they are, but hardly rare or valuable. The choice of glaze on my gems is inspired by my enthusiasm for these white stones, and all the time I spent admiring them.
Gems has been exhibited at Hvitsen Salong 2022.
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