Making on beach immersed in seawater. July 2014 – Dec fire

Begin making on beach at dawn, clay fallen from the cliffs after storms, making immersed in sea water, rest clay forms in sea worn bark from olive trees fallen onto the beach and washed by the sea.

After burnishing and drying in sun, salt crystals appeared on the surface of the clay forms.

Before the fire in December the dry burnished clay forms had returned to soft clay like the day I made them, many collapsed. Sea salt had absorbed moisture in the damp air which softened the clay and the forms collapse. The same cycle as the cliffs, after storms and sea lash against them the soil becomes sodden with rain and seawater and the cliffs collapse.
As the clay forms dried again with crusted salt crystals, no burnish remained and in the fire the sea salt combined with the burning olive and fir tree branches leave their marks on the forms.

  • rachael mellors 2014
    rachael mellors 2014
  • rachael mellors 2014
    rachael mellors 2014