Caroline Hatfield

carrolton, texas (formerly claiborne county, tennessee)

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Time is an Arrow and a Circle
2018, Salt, sand, cast aluminum, found metal
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Time is an Arrow and a Circle sweeps across the gallery floor with an accumulation of sand and rock salt that points towards a circle or loop, but is not fully resolved. Arising from the applied ground of sparkling white sand are multiple aluminum castings, sculpted to resemble small-scale mountains or rocks, each of which are surrounded by a border of powdered aluminum.

This work is the most recent of many using sand, and I keep returning to it for its metaphorical value and inherent geological process. The metaphor of sand is one found throughout cultures and history. Like the idiom “sands of time” suggests, we associate the material closely with time and change. Further still, this relationship is echoed in the geological cycle of sand, as a material produced from the deterioration of rock that eventually lithifies, returning to rock. The life of sand is vast, long and far reaching. Speaking more compositionally, the mineral Silica is the most pervasive in our universe. As an artist, using this material provides a level of connectivity to the work, unifying my model or miniature landscape to the rest of the physical world.

A Far Shore
2019, Found object, resin bonded graphite and coal slag powdered pigments, water, acrylic sheet, two-way mirror, aluminum, flashing, lighting, on custom plinth
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A Far Shore explores the fluidity and sublimity of space, time, and substance. The bucket is worn, showing signs of use and weathering such as rust and stains, yet sits atop a clean, white plinth. The contrast of object and presentation elevates the significance of the bucket and encourages the viewer to look more closely at its contents. Shimmering, angular formations ring the vessel’s interior. The forms are partly familiar – reminiscent of rocks or geodes. Yet, the material is strange and elemental. The deep black, carbon-like substance is somewhat volcanic or perhaps otherworldly. A body of water reaches just to the edge of the rocks, mimicking a shoreline. Peering into the water, the space appears to extend infinitely downward into a hazy, twinkling depth. The place within this seemingly ordinary container becomes foreign and abstract, evoking feelings of outer space, a distant planet, or a future world.