List

by erikasofiahenriksson

1 part clay

3 parts sand

1/3 part sawdust

water, according to the consistency of the clay

The list is a pick-up list, or a map of places to find. It calls for knowledge about our planet, about it’s materiality, about slow processes of creation and of geographic changes. It is further an invitation to the body to wander, to experience and to explore.

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In order to find good clay one must move back in time, roughly 13.500 years back. The clay started out on its journey of creation during the deglaciation of the nordic ice sheet. Now it rests a meter or so down in the ground in coastal areas and along riverbanks. Digging too close to the river is no good, the clay will be thoroughly mixed up with decomposing organic material; you have to try a couple of hundreds of meters from the riverbank, where the old seafloor has been dried up and formed plains of clay.

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As you mix the ingredients you will get a mortar strong enough to hold together a wall of bricks or cordwood. It binds together all the pieces and move along with them as they move.