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 . . .