Tracy Abbott Szatan

Silicon Silica

“Silicon Silica” activate the elemental character of glass and the shared lineage of glass and silicon. If glass was the quintessential material of 20th century imaging and communication technologies, silicon is glass’s 21st century analogue. For “Silicon Silica,” fragments of silicon wafers are embedded into glass orbs. From the enclosed wafer, a plane juts out – the stress of the meeting of these materials. The work speaks to the precarity of our moment, precarity wrought by the stress of human infrastructure on the natural environment, and the threat of emerging technologies in unregulated late capitalism.