Ground Waters (Crystal Worlds)


Using photography and hand-crafted structures, I create miniature worlds that reference natural and urban environments overgrown by strange crystal formations. The colorful tableau are playful in their materials, presenting an ambiguous sense of scale that allows the viewer to imagine themselves in an otherworldly sphere. 

In a sense, each of these images is a science experiment. I flood the scenes with a liquid crystal solution and over the course of a few hours, days or weeks, the crystals re-form and invade the small model I created. I enjoy the conflicting processes of control and lack thereof, eerily mimicking our current climate crisis.

I also produced videos documenting the liquid crystal growth and a new Augmented Reality series.

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© 2018 by Liz Hickok

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Rheology (still image)

sublimation print on aluminum with augmented reality video and sound 16 x 24 / 30 x 45 inches edition of 6