Thickens, pools, flows, rushes, slows
Spat up from the belly of the earth in volcanic eruptions, lava cools rapidly to form obsidian, a congealed liquid whose reflective powers have long entranced cultures. Dark obsidian mirrors delivered omens to the Aztec and pleasantly distorted landscapes for Romantic painters. Sculpted from large blocks of obsidian punctuated by polished concave dishes Thickens, pools, flows, rushes, slows unearths these complex histories and invites us to gaze beyond the surface into deep time.
Text by Dehlia Hannah