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In her practice, Paula de Solminihac observes invisible relationships of mutual symbiosis between different forms of existence. Fogcatcher is created in response to the Atacama desert fog in Chile, a thick fog which forms over the Pacific Ocean. She references a system whereby a net was created to catch the moisture droplets from the air and draw them into the earth, ensuring an essential water resource in one of the world’s most arid regions. The installation also includes a column of ceramic worms and a black ceramic pond. These reference the invisible architecture formed by earthworms in the soil. Worms’ circulation creates storage for groundwater constituting another invisible water source and the world’s largest reserve of fresh water. The worms created through collaborative workshops symbolise what Solminihac refers to as an 'energetic cycle where humans and nature constitute a whole'.

'So if the lesson that ceramics give us allows us to stop thinking about opposites, the next step could be to think that these opposites are connected to each other and that if I follow the branches of the tree of life, I will be able to realise that everything is interrelated and that they are not only related but also dependent on each other.'

Details

  • Title: Fogcatcher; Worm Column; Pond
  • Creator: Paula de Solminihac
  • Date Created: 2021
  • Location: The Cutaway at Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia
  • Provenance: Courtesy the artist. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from Graeme and Mabie Briggs and assistance from the Catholic University of Chile and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Government of Chile.
  • Type: Installation
  • Rights: Biennale of Sydney
  • Medium: netting of canvas strips and linen dyed with natural and synthetic tints; enamel black ceramic
  • Edition: 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022): rīvus

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