Parnell’s manufacturing methods strive to mimic the geological processes that produce stratified deposits. His interests lie in controlling and refining these designed systems for the sole purpose of slicing through layers to reveal a visual composition unknown to the current laws of nature, yet still reflective of them.
The study aims to explore the constant perpetual movement of the subterranean world, while seeking to reflect the clashing relationship with today’s man made world. In geology and related fields, a stratum (plural: strata) is a layer of sedimentary rock or soil with contrasting characteristics that can easily be distinguished from the other surrounding layers. This clear distinction of sedimentary layers has become the focus of this study. By artificially amplifying these distinctions with the use of colour a natural phenomenon is re-appropriated. This results in a geological formation suggestive of a segment taken from a parallel world.
This 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.