About the Artwork
Sodi’s rocks are, for all intents and purposes, excerpts from the natural world transformed through a highly physical process. Extracting dried volcanic magma from the Ceboruco volcano in Mexico, and selecting each rock for its formal qualities, he glazes the brittle surface before firing the sculpture at extremely high temperatures for three days. Each stone, having been subjected to variable elements, such as atmospheric pressure, humidity and temperature, reacts in unique, sometimes destructive ways. By altering the surface texture and the context in which these rocks exist – in this case the streets of London – he reflects on our perception of value and antiquity. The artist creates an incongruity between the setting and the course, and the exterior and core, of each piece.
Courtesy of Studio Bosco Sodi and Blain|Southern. Photo: © Nick Turpin
Ceramic glaze over volcanic rock
120 x 70 x 72 cm / 120 x 80 x 100 cm / 105 x 75 x 45 cm. 478 - 540 kg each