CONSTELLARIA / QUINTESSENCE

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Crystals are everywhere—in clouds composed of ice, diamonds within a meteorite formed in the solar system's earliest moments, in calcite micro-crystals in the brain's pineal gland, in ephemeral ice converging for a brief moment on a window pane in winter.

I culture crystals with water soluble minerals on supports. The resulting crystals’ patterns depend mainly on my collaborators: the materials' inherent geometric properties, the gravitational pull of the earth, and water's evaporation/cooling process. The work pays homage to minerals and crystals, the essential elements without which our bodies cannot exist. The alchemical process explores a poetic reunion with nature, and expression of the sublime unity and connection between nature and humanity. It manifests nature's power, its ubiquitous presence, and humanity’s intrinsic entwinement.

In Constellaria I work with fossil fragments collected in the OH-KY-IN tri-state region, concentrating on a strata called the Cincinnati Arch. The series’ name refers to the Cincinnatian Ordovician, a 505-438 million-year-old fossil with a coral or treelike branching structure. As the name implies, the fossil's surface is covered with innumerable starlike marks, evoking connections between the celestial and terrestrial. I envision these fossils as the stars of the earth. With the Constellaria and Quintessence series, I explore the essential and the revelation and meditation on patterns in nature and time. I create works evocative of cosmic time and space, reminding us of our place in and connection to the web of life, geological history, and the cosmos.

Cicninnati, OH, 2014


CONSTELLARIA #11 | 2017
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto | CONSTELLARIA #11