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Laminated Earth

Laminated Earth reconciles architectural representations of housing while drawing from land art practices of raw soils and synthetic matter. A careful look reveals that the golden colors are derived from raw earth, and the glitter – plain nylon. Laminated Earth is both the action and the outcome, the process and the object. It mediates between the personal and collective homes while engaging in the obsessive preservation of raw soils as an increasingly eliminated resource.

When I laminate earth, I protect it.
I preserve it.
Laminated, it can last forever.
It can capture water and shape.
It is cultured, designed, and clean.

When I laminate earth, I destroy it.
I consume it.
Laminated, it can no longer bear fruits.
It can no longer absorb and infiltrate.
It is shiny, tough, and barren.

The project has been exhibited as a series of site-specific installations that mediate between the personal and collective homes while immersing with raw soil materials that are laminated with synthetic plastics. At a broader level, the exhibition contemplates on the preciousness of untreated soil as a commodity that is being moved and shuffled around, built upon, plasticized, laminated, and slowly - eliminated. Created by artist and architect Sharon Yavo-Ayalon and curated by Professor Lola Ben-Alon.