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The Story of the Rock
from inside the cave

In residence, in the schoolroom, in the Schoolhouse Gallery my studies responding to Hasting Caves continue. 

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Mapping the story of the approx. 700 million year old dolomite rock on an 8 metre  timeline.        

I metre = 100 million years. 

In the belly of the beast – in the womb of the mother. The

cave takes on immortal proportions but I know it isn’t

immortal – even if it acts like it – even if it’s old beyond my

comprehension. I’ve explored the arc of its existence. Its

story begins with the rock – a miracle creation made of little

crystals and algae laid down and compressed in shallow

warm seas – the rock travelled this planet from north to

south and is now heading north again – in constant

transformation – cavities continually emptying and filling –

and now the rock’s belly is growing crystal made from the

stuff of its eaten-away and broken body.

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The Shape of Space
from inside the cave

How do you take pictures of space?

It's the edges of space that draw my attention  

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deep into time

deep into space

going back

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Photography by Ilona Schneider

many thanks

 Christl Berg & Marinelle Basson - Correspondence exhibition collaborators  
Sarah Bishop  - Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny 
Chris Sharples - Geomorphologist from the University of Tasmania

Schoolhouse Gallery 
Clarence Council

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