Elise Graham. Geodes.
Void #6, 2011. Latex, urethane, plaster, sand, 8.25 x11 x11.5”.
Void #6, 2011., Latex, urethane, plaster, sand, 8.25 x11 x11.5”.
Void #7, 2011. Latex, urethane, plaster, silver powder, 4 x3.25 x 4”.
Void # 8, 2011. Latex, urethane, plaster, sand, 8.5 x5 x 5.5”.
Geodes have been objects of wonderment for me since childhood. I was obsessed with the idea that I could go out into the landscape and pick up a rock that might just be filled with a magical surprise.
I continue to be fascinated with the notion that seemingly ordinary objects have the possibility of harboring something unexpected and beautiful. I am also interested in the geode as a time capsule—over time, a cavity is slowly encroached upon by outside elements, creating a history from the inside out.
I build my geodes around the void created by my exhaled breath. When each piece is finished, there is no evidence of what may lay beneath its surface. As I create the piece one layer at a time, each time covering up the layer that preceded it, I have no idea what will reveal itself once the geode is split open