Split Stone (Northwest)
Split Rock (Northwest) explores the idea of landscape and image in many forms: images of landscapes; sculptures as landscapes in themselves; and the altered landscape of the Western Washington Campus. The project plays with landscape and sculpture, as well as painting, printmaking and the production of images. It references both the speed and ubiquity of contemporary image capture and ancient forms of mark making, bringing the painstaking process of stone engraving and a sense of physical gravity, weight, and authorship into our contemporary context, where anonymous and fleeting digital images have become a kind of debris that constantly swirls around us.
By recording images in pixels and then etching them in stone and pigment, Sze explores the fragility of time passing and our desire for weight and permanence in the face of both overwhelming natural forces and the ubiquitous images that surround us daily.