I began this piece last January as a collection of interesting papers and fabrics I had created.
I had them laying together on my work table. I knew they belonged together but I just couldn’t find the composition on the table so I pinned them to the wall in various configurations and wrote the words Earth’s Waters.
Then I went off to find out how and why we have the gift of water on this planet.
I found Geology and Astronomy articles including: “Earth’s Water Older Than the Sun”.
The gist is this:the big bang brings matter into the universe, like asteroids with the makings of water. There is a lot more chemistry and physics in the article but basically the expanding universe has stars lighting up and asteroids being caught in their gravitational pull.
Eventually, our star Sol lights up & pulls planets into orbits. One is a molten volcanic rock that will be the Earth.
There is a period called” the heavy bombardment” where water laden rocks that are older than our Sun hit the volcanic earth.
The water in those rocks is vaporized and hangs in the mess of gasses that will become our atmosphere.
The earth calms & cools and it begins to rain.
Million upon million years of rain.
But finally there is a day or days when the sun breaches the clouds and shows to no one the Earth of stone, and water, sunlight and wind waiting for the next thing to happen.
Great shallow seas ready to birth abundant life.
This piece is a combination of the rain, the sun, the water draining to make coasts and seeking the cracks that will move it under ground.
A moment of great possibility but beautiful just as it is: clouds, rain, stone, and moving water.
The gift of life comes later.
Oh and it can be seen at the Great Minnesota State Fair in the Fine Arts Building.