Tracy Abbott Szatan

BRAIDED SAND


“Braided Sand. It was a century before they got glass to let light in. Unlock it and reign. A slipper, a coffin, a difference in crystal.”

- The Glass Age
  Cole Swensen

Braided Sand explores the relationship of optical technologies to earth materials as a means to consider the natural and manmade processes of transformation that are the bases of photography and other imaging technologies. In doing so the work questions the taken-for-granted use of these materials, juxtaposes human and geologic timescales, and grapples with the poetry of these materials alongside their inherent relationships to extraction.

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between 1 & 2


“real life is so secret...”

- The Passion According to G.H.
  Clarice Lispector


Drawing from mathematical knot theory, visual music, and histories of western esotericism, between 1 & 2 explores what emerges as material expression and subjective perception shift between two- three- and four-dimensional  space.


 audio/video loop, flameworked borosilicate glass






Stratalimn



EXT. GARDEN NIGHT

S & O SIT OUTSIDE UNDER A WAXING MOON

            S

what if the rock could be a lens

            O

and if it’s not a question of if but when ....
excerpt from Stratalimn



Glass Rocks (size variable)

time pieces


an image of nothing

no camera, no negative, no object

unique gelatin silver prints



inchoative aspects


 the beginning of a state

unique gelatin silver prints