220 x 220 x 130 mm (largest), 75 x 135 x 110 mm (smallest)
Five vessels: cotton gauze bandaging, rice-paper, cotton thread, whipper-snipper cord, bone, rust-stained textile from Ediacaran Hills site, coated wire, and computer-designed guipure lace motifs
‘The Ediacaran fossils are the remains of delicate and very beautiful soft-bodied creatures, the first known multicellular animals on this planet. They were discovered on the underside of wave-rippled rocks high in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, and are about 540 million years old. Researching them I arrived at the notion of ‘time’ as a filter that only selects certain things (under very special circumstances) to become fossils. It is extraordinarily rare for anything as soft and squishy as a 540-million-year-old jellyfish to have its impression preserved. And it’s just as astonishing that such imprints are ever discovered.
I fell upon the notion of apparently fragile, transparent lace-like objects to express my wonder at these natural phenomena. Vessels with a sieve-like character, rounded like domestic colanders, cast elusive shadows about their bases. Time determines what now exists, and hence for what is knowable and what yet might yet be found.’