Anton Burdakov


Research phase, Eden Project, Cornwall, UK


Kaolinite

2015
Steel, pin board, photographs, various objects
175 x 200 x 140 cm

Apart from being a resource on which the whole of civilization depends, soil is mysterious and resourceful. It is memory and time, territory and home. The work is organised around a three-dimensional grid based on the molecular structure of kaolinite, the most basic form of clay. Focusing on cultural and emotional associations, the project brings together a constellation of artefacts and images to probe into different strata of meaning embedded in this primordial material, from molecular attraction in mineral particles to humanity's bond with the land.

Project initiated in the context of 'Soil Culture' residency organised by the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) at Eden Project in Cornwall, UK - a biodiversity centre built in a former clay pit.