Exploring materiality in the desert plains of India
“uselesness for contemplative immersion”
-- Walter Benjamin on Dadaism
Studio Raw Material is an ongoing exploration of geology in terms of material and processes. Our studio and workshop are based in the desert plains of western India.
Offcuts of marble formed the starting point for our practice. All marble fragments occupy a liminal position in a composition and contribute functionally in relation to the others.
We study marble craft observing building techniques used in ancient Indian temples and architectural monuments. We want to explore these alternate aspects of craft – the structure and mathematics of balance, building techniques based on weight and gravity.
As splinters of cultural importance or wasteful debris created by man, fragments provide traces of their past and have helped create an understanding of the physical world. To us, each fragment is unique with its individual history and abstract notions of origin - object, identity and possibilities of rectification.