Stone Slice Hieroglyphs, 2016
“Life arose from minerals, then minerals arose from life.”
Earths Archive, Stone Slice Hieroglyphs, 2016
Many geologists assumed that most rocks had been around since the origins of Earth, well before life formed on this planet. However, recent discoveries show that the planet as we know it could not have existed, if it wasn’t for the strange, twisty relationship of living organisms and cold, lifeless rock. This project is a visual research based on this co-evolution.
“Every form of life, from the first bio-bits to us human beings, has impacted the mineral diversity on earth. […] Nowadays the shifts within the Earth system are radical, even when set against geological time scales spanning millions of years.” – Robert Hazen
Currently, scientists are searching for a better understanding of that close interplay of life and rocks, in order to predict our impact on the earth’s system. Geologists use thin sections of stone to investigate their mineral composition. I started looking at them as little drawings left behind for geoscientists by previous forms of life.