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  • Geodes

    Geodes
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    elyse GRAHAM: Geodes have been objects of wonderment for me since childhood. I was obsessed with the idea that I could go out into the landscape and pick up a rock that might just be filled with a magical surprise.

    I continue to be fascinated with the notion that seemingly ordinary objects have the possibility of harboring something unexpected and beautiful. I am also interested in the geode as a time capsule—over time, a cavity is slowly encroached upon by outside elements, creating a history from the inside out.

    I build my geodes around the void created by my exhaled breath. When each piece is finished, there is no evidence of what may lay beneath its surface. As I create the piece one layer at a time, each time covering up the layer that preceded it, I have no idea what will reveal itself once the geode is split open.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    eG: America by Jean Baudrillard, The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, and something by Haruki Murakami, I’m sure.

    sP: Who’s work is currently on your radar
    eG: Leslie Shows and Ken Price

    Additional credits and links:
    I currently have two shows up in Los Angeles . . .

    Inside Out (my first LA solo show), at Fifth Floor Gallery, and I’m a part of a really fun pop-up at Creatures of Comfort, curated by Su Wu of I’m Revolting. The show is called We’re Revolting.

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