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Made on residency in the UNESCO designated Cradle of Humankind, from the material that gives this culturally momentous landscape its unique form, Changing My Mind evolved from a dialogue with evolutionary scientists at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Eroded into its distinctive form by the action of millions of years of sun, wind and rain on the high veldt of South Africa, the found dolomitic boulder that this work is made from bears the traces of these formative environmental processes. Continuing the process of erosion by artifice, two perfectly flat intersecting planes have been carved by hand into the stone. Both surfaces are covered in a constellation of concavities that are an expansion of marks made with a hammer and punch during an attempt by the artist to articulate a grid of points with his eyes closed. This action is intended to allude to the geometric hallucinations perceived in trance by early humans - that are proposed by some researchers to be the root inspiration for the first instances of representational mark making

The flat plane can be seen as a signifier of modern human consciousness, in the sense that human beings are the only species that impose linear form on the material world. This is particularly true of the contemporary moment, where digital envisioning software, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, describes three dimensional form using millions of interconnected flat planes. Increasingly we are surrounded by mediated objects and environments that are a direct result of the virtual processes that have been used to create them. Changing My Mind brings together opposite ends of our 200,000 year evolutionary arc, and explores the idea that our neurology, and as a result our consciousness, has been shaped by our continual engagement with material reality

  • Changing My Mind
  • 2015
  • dolomite
  • 1.9 m L x 1.6 m W x 1.7 m H
  • photo credit Anthea Pokroy