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Sediments of Time, 2021

150 million years ago in the Jurassic period, Solnhofen, a town in Germany famous for its fine-grained limestone, was an archipelago. Separated from the open sea by a reef, the lagoons periodically became a sedimentation place for fine-grained carbonate mud (most of which consisted of coccolithophores – small algae that forms calcite shells). In the lagoons, the tropical climate evaporates part of the water and it becomes hypersaline. Such an environment is deadly to benthic fauna that quickly dies once it falls and sinks to the bottom. Due to the fine-grained mud, uninterrupted by wind and waves, fossils retained very fine morphological details, and due to its fine grain, this limestone was particularly suitable for lithographic technique (detailed drawings). With the invention of the lithographic technique, the need for lithographic limestone increased and new layers of limestone were discovered, revealing new fossils. (The connection between lithography and geology is memorialized in the name of one of the most famous fossils in the world – Archeopteryx lithographica.) The encounter with broken lithographic stones in the printmaking studio led to the interest in geological origin of the limestone and natural prints – fossils. This was followed by a trip to the historic limestone quarry in Solnhofen, where the author collected directly from the ground fragments of limestone, from which a series of lithographs Sediments of Time was printed. As it dries, the lithographic ink forms a pattern in which the water leaves its trace of drying, like a time diagram. Through repeated work on the same stones – grinding, drawing, printing, re-grinding – this work is a study of time. The sedimentary rock raises thoughts of long geological time scales and encourages us to reconsider our own place in it. A look at the origins of limestone has opened up awareness of the geological processes taking place in our daily lives, the city. Drop by drop, water dissolves concrete and technogenic stalagmites and stalactites are formed. Natural processes affect human creations shaping hybrid objects between nature and culture.

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