Amanda Mulcahy
Excavations
Generating histories through a process of erosion and deposition, I draw upon successive layering and striations in a variety of materials and substrates. My process begins by marking fresh surfaces, tearing substrates, and then reordering the pieces. The buildup of layers creates a space, and by tearing through paper I reveal the layers beneath, creating a sense of depth and time within the excavated spaces.
This work began in response to the layers of varied sediments of the geological features at the Pictured Rocks Natural Park. Their colors and textures generated a narrative of a place changing over time. The elements stress the exposed surfaces and the strength (or lack) of these internal layers affect the overall shape of the rock faces. Interior forces shape exterior form.
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