BOX 13 ArtSpace presents Nicolle LaMere: "Point of Origin" opening reception
"Point of Origin" explores the expanse of time connected to place through humble mud. As it takes 500 to thousands of years to form 1 inch of topsoil, Nicolle LaMere travels back in time when plunging a gardening spade into the ground. With one fell scoop, the residue of everything that has ever lived or died there, every thrill, and every disappointment, is brought to the cusp of the current moment. The concept of linear time fissures and falls in on itself as it is compressed into an indivisible sphere.
In this series, LaMere embarks on a journey to understand identity as the accumulation of experiences mediated by place. This exhibition encompasses a selection of hand-formed soil spheres chosen from a collection of over 60 soil samples gathered from across the country in response to events of personal importance. These soil samples are sifted to remove man-made detritus, and with the addition of water, the mud is compressed by hand to form polished spheres, evoking the geologic process of time and pressure.
This site-specific installation visualizes the overwhelming attempt at acknowledging events that influenced the making of a place. In turn, viewers are invited to consider the expanse of time as an active influence on our present sense of self.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through July 24.