A STUDY OF LAYERS
Parnell’s current fabrication methods strive to mimic the geological processes that produce stratified deposits. His interests lie in controlling and refining the unique craft of applying layers of Jesmonite over applied reliefs. Once the layers of his work are exposed, we are able to study the maps of his once formed, now preserved landscapes. The study of these maps continually explore the perpetual movement of the subterranean world in a three dimensional slice. These maps tell the story of the object’s evolution, capturing each moment of how it was formed, personifying the work and it’s life. By harnessing the relationships between colour and tone, the finished work reveals a fluidity that is unknown to the current laws of nature, yet still reflective of them. The result is a geological phenomenon suggestive of a segment taken from a parallel world.
His project aims to explore many of the processes that bend, fracture or erode our landscapes. These geological processes, which often take millions of years to form, will be adapted and distorted as the study develops. By engineering manufacturing processes that embody an element of chaos and randomness, the process aims to reveal a stratigraphy of alluring aesthetic, formed from a catalytic event that can occur in an instant.