Earth boxes, Covehurst Bay, Sussex. 2009 are perspex cubes partly filled with different coloured earths collected from the bottom of the cliffs at Covehurst Bay.
The lumps of earth have been carefully broken apart to show the natural structures or fault lines within the clay/sand, as well as their various different colours.
CORESAMPLES, COVEHURST BAY, SUSSEX 12&26-07-09.
made for UNDERCURRENT at Stone Squid Experimental Art Space, High Street, Hastiings. Aug-Sept 2009
- in collaboration with Paul Malone (top right)
Core samples, Covehurst Bay, Sussex 12-07-09 and 26-07-09 were extracted from the high water line at Covehurst Bay, east of Hastings - a site of erosion and rapid cliff change. It is debatable whether collecting earth from this area of the beach precipitates change or records earth samples that would otherwise be rapidly washed away by the sea. The small rectangular-shaped samples were extracted in a line (of inquiry), investigating how colour is structured beneath the surface. Collaborating with my husband Paul and using equipment adapted from items bought in a DIY store, our amateur simulation of core sampling was possibly less invasive than a more professional geological sampling might have been.