EVERYBODY NEEDS A ROCK 2016

Drawing an inspiration from a new kind of rock called ‘Plastiglomerate’ which contains plastic fragments, this project questions ‘where does the border lies between natural objects and artifacts?’ And it aims to raise awareness of hidden value in the problematized matter. I collect plastic waste together with natural materials surrounding it, in my biotope. The collected materials are

melted together into a unique, local artificial stone, and the results are refined by cutting and polishing. I simultaneously play two types of roles: a force of nature that petrify and create rocks, a miner and a stone cutter. Every rock I make contains the memories of today: just like diamonds are the result of mantle activities during the formation of the earth.

 

Some of the works of the project are in the permanent collection of Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.