Glacially ground earth with high silt ratio from the Northeastern United States, bisque fired ceramic, time
7″ x 60″ x 60″

Hyperobject is a homage to dirt as a life-supporting material and responds to the questions— what happens when we forget our primordial past? And if the water dries up, what will we hear?

Mud is a foundation of terrestrial life and tethers us to the past and future. It is the primordial soup from which life begins and ends. The materials unique ability to stick together slows erosion and increases biodiversity within water systems. When drought causes the water to evaporate from the soil, it cracks and erodes— transforming into a remnant of its once life-sustaining past.

– accompanying poetry below –

A Home in Silence

Can You hear me? At the edge, I sit listening.
To the silence of winter getting louder.
Standing in a bowl formed by primordial forces. Round as Ymir’s skull— so large, we can’t see it all. Only glimpsing traces.
What comes before the utterance?

A home in Silence?

The depth is grounding. It fills me with tension and terror. 
With life.
And remnants of revelations.
I am a million years in a moment. A crater— defined by what I lack.
I am a creator in the Silence before words. Can You hear me?

– Isenberg, 2020

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