Cover Photo: Detail from Horizons (Dirt is matter out of place) by Erna Skuladottir. Photo: Pär Fredin
Icelander Erna Skúladóttir addresses the status of earth in her work. The material she uses in the piece exhibited in Soil Matters is clay from the hot springs of Kr.suvík, a fragile ecosystem which enjoys legal protection. Skuladottir was able to collect the protected clay because, once the soil has drained from the hot springs into a ditch, it has turned into “dirt” and is no longer protected by law. Horizons, the work shown in the exhibition, features water and soil collected from the ditch and presented in transparent perspex tubes. Over time, the particles of the mixture of materials gradually separate to form a landscape that resembles the geological deposits of the earth.