Metamorphic Structure, 2016

Glass, steel, projector, security camera, live feed image

Images: Christian Capurro

c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Australia

Stratum is a group exhibition by Melbourne artists Betra Fraval, Bec Delange, Will Heathcote, and Ben Taranto.

A layer of material, naturally or artificially formed.
Like skin, layers on layers.
A build-up of materials over time; an accumulation.
The strata becomes a record or a map.
Telling a story, of collisions, repetitions, forces, actions.
Upheavals and upthrusts.
A record of motion and time.
Frozen in an organic and organised whole.

- Betra Fraval

The works in Stratum prompt thought around the geologic and material as being partners in creativity, becoming storytelling matter that acts as both a marker for time / action, and as a metaphor that allows us to reflect on how we  humans relate to and live on the earth.

The concept of stratum is explored through the work of four artists working in sculpture, painting and installation based practices. In this exhibition, the artists are working within the context of the Anthropocene - the present geological age of human-driven climate and environment change. They break down the binary of living and non-living and create a conversation between action and material, and the physical and non-physical.

Many thanks to Mike Daniel for his vital technical assistance.