Ground Waters: Crystal Worlds

I use ephemeral materials to create sculptures that are fleeting in nature and document the journey of experimentation, construction and deterioration with photography and video. With these combined media, I remove any sense of the original scale, thus presenting life-sized (or larger) photographs of structures that might only be inches in height. The effect is an otherworldly universes in which viewers can immerse themselves.

In my Ground Waters series I create miniature scenes in which natural and urban environments are overgrown with crystal formations. While the color of the sculptures are pleasing and inviting, the sharp crystals are clearly chemical in nature, referencing the pollutants that seep into and saturate our environment. I photograph these transformations, creating time-lapse videos for presentation in conjunction with my still images. I also execute large-scale, site-specific works in public spaces, enabling me to further manipulate the perceived scale of my sculptures.

© 2018 by Liz Hickok

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