Lauralee Williams (MLA I AP 2021)
STU 1211, Fall 2019
This work is a material process experiment aimed at exploring moments of transformation, frozen in time, inspired by the layers of the ground that make up the island of Pantelleria. The island has a long story of vigorous geologic turbulence, that built up over thousands of years. Some of the volcanoes in and around the island are still active and forming even today, though at a slow, thousandyear crawling pace. We may not see Pantelleria’s next big move in our lifetime, but the land formation does not cease to fascinate scientists and tourists alike.
These poured wax models explore the way a material changes states from being liquefied to cooled by air and formed around other materials. The process of documenting the material property changes in the studies allowed me to observe sequences, interaction and events, and eventually a still moment in the evolution of the material movement. The cured model is still slowly evolving
today as it is constantly in contact with environmental forces such as wind, heat, humidity or lack thereof, friction, etc.
Each specimen represents an abstraction of a frozen moment in the swelling and collapsing of an underground volcano, in the process of forming a caldera which will retain water.