Australian visual artist Jamie North created Terraforms, dilapidated concrete sculptures decomposed inside with blossoming vegetation.
Jamie combined and opposed the artificial and natural, creating poetic symbols of struggle and complementarity.
Jamie North’s Terraforms consist of multiple forms constructed using cement, marble waste, limestone, and steel slag and coal ash as sculptural materials. This combination of materials is complemented by a complex mix of plant species native to the east coast of Australia. Terraforming is the deliberate manipulation of an environment to make it capable of sustaining life. Jamie North bends this term into a noun, and applies it to his latest series of sculptures. North has modeled the new sculptural forms in Terraforms on the actual pillars encased within the walls of Sarah Cottier Gallery.
Using the one exposed gallery column as a genetic clue, he has augmented the form with referential borrowings from archaeological finds and more generic expressions of ruinous deformation. These concrete and marble structures, poetically eroded and overcome with native species, are monumental relics to an imagined archeology of the gallery.
The series of sculpted forms was exhibited during the artist’s solo show in the interiors of Sarah Cottier Gallery. A gallery is located in Australian Paddington, an inner city and the eastern Sydney suburb. This exhibition also featured two hand printed silver gelatin photographs, depicting now non-existent mounds from which the steel slag was obtained.