“Skin with skin”

My proposal for the residency and subsequent exhibition arises from my research and experimentation with the fossil condition, specifically with the processes of decontextualization of fossil trees that appear in a different time and in places to which they do not belong, as if on a journey it was treated The result is a series of sculptures, which, like new bodies, will be presented on the wall, on the floor, or perched on another object. The process of mineralization of plant bodies takes place in the subsoil: the tree, covered with layers of sediment and without oxygen, is penetrated (infiltrated through its pores) by water with mineral salts while its matter decomposes. Finally, a stone mold remains. In this decomposition and transformation, the bark, the skin of the tree, acts as a crust that preserves its original shape.
In some cases, it has a bright, multicolored appearance due to the presence of iron, manganese, and other minerals. The trees themselves are a file that allows analysis of
the atmospheric composition, climatic and vegetation studies, as well as detecting the existence of fires by the fire scars on their trunks, throughout the time in which they live. We could say that fossilized trees protect this memory. Through its records, living or fossilized, we can travel through time, reconstructing past ecosystems and climates, but also part of our history and that of the earth. Many of the tree fossils that we find are not in their place of origin and their trunks appear sectioned, almost always without their final section, due to the process of fluvial transport that they undergo postmortem, becoming a trace of the movements and geographic changes and geological.


-Carmen Mora