The exhibition features a tripod of sculptures that show tiny grains of sand turning into megalithic shapes, containing endangered but seemingly ubiquitous material – from phone screens From windows, to plastic, to paint – literally under a microscope.
Using micro-3D scanning technology, Gibson worked with The Imaging and Analysis Center at the Natural History Museum to rearrange individual sand grains into supermassive shapes before discovering other worldly forms. ۔ Each piece was made using recycled plaster and a key resin made from clay, wood and recycled plastic bottles that have been redirected from landfill and oceans.
Simon Hedges, head of curation, exhibitions and collections at the Scarborough Museum Trust, said: “The world is running out of sand – it’s a global problem. It’s climate change with the bells ringing. Sand is limited – and it’s important as a commodity for many types of technology.
“It is estimated that, for construction alone, the world uses approximately 40 to 50 billion tons of sand annually. But the sand is being filled.
“As a museum in the coastal environment, we feel it is our responsibility to help raise awareness of this issue – and Emma’s statues are a particularly wonderful way to do this. Three large grains of sand. , Each more than a meter long, has been created after magnifying about 3,000 times. They represent only three of the many different types of sand – a fossil foramenifera, a fragment of quartz. , And a chip from a shell. “
Emma Gibson said: “Quicksand is about assumptions about concepts: we assume that there is sand like stars in the sky. People say:” Can’t you use the sands of the Sahara to make goods? ? We have a lot of sand. But you can’t do that because it’s blown away and all the grains are round.
“I started reading all the weird documents that people steal sand because it’s a very valuable thing. Some go to the beach to sunbathe. Others get in the truck at midnight to get sand. People are being killed on the sand, it is really serious.
“Sand grains are really small, so I wanted to find out how I could make them important to humans on their own scale. I’m hoping there’s some kind of murmur in people’s minds. Gay – just a moment where they reorganize their belief system in nature and technology, and what their goals are – may be able to offer a momentary change of perspective and state of mind. “
Along with the sculptures, Emma Gibson will rebuild her studio at the Scarborough Art Gallery. She will show films, digital and physical models and supporting materials as part of the work’s development process, which is as much about science as it is about aesthetics. It will create a learning experience that presents some of the most important issues globally in a comprehensive and accessible place.
The Trust’s Learning Team, in collaboration with geologist Dr. Liam Herringshaw, is also developing new learning experiences for local primary school children, including ‘Beach in a Box’, which is an important part of the curriculum. Brings to life in fascinating ways. .
Quicksand has been gifted by Selfridges & Co to the Scarborough Museums Trust, where it was originally exhibited at the Art Block Gallery in 2020, and which he co-created with The Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Emma Gibson is a British artist who seeks the uncertainty of reality. She attended the Open School East and the University of the Arts in London and currently lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland.
Gibson’s large-scale installation work is the result of both traditional and technical design processes, often using 3D-scanning and digital representation to create body sculptures and total environments, and he regularly engages with scientists in areas of his interest. Collaborates. Currently, its practice revolves around beaches and shores as a metaphor for the edge of reality, the demise of the Internet and the loss of control. Where science and nature collide and imitate, where so little is known, where human intervention cannot go any further.
Emma Gibson’s Quix Sand can be viewed from now until Sunday, June 5.
The Scarborough Art Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Mondays (except bank holidays). Admission is free with the £ 3 annual pass, which also allows unlimited free admission to the Rotunda Museum.