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Marjolijn Dijkman

Cloud to Ground

'Cloud to Ground' #01, 2021, Floor installation, sand from Lommel in Belgium and artificial fulgurites from sand from former coal mining site in Genk in Belgium.

"Electricity is not only a great microcosm for demonstrating larger Enlightenment movements, but it also was the central scientific advancement of the period. In fact, many literary puns playing on the symbolism of reason and discovery were used in connection with electricity. Electricity was an obvious check on religion’s powerful hold on society. It demonstrated through Franklin’s lightning rod (not without a fight) that man was beginning to demonstrate control over nature, or at least over what once was termed “God’s wrath”." on 'An Entertainment for Angels' by Patricia Fara

'Cloud to Ground' #03, 2021 Resin and artificial fulgurite with sand from former coal mining site in Genk in Belgium.
The works in the sculptural series Cloud to Ground refer to fulgurites, a phenomenon commonly referred to as “fossilized lightning.” Formed when electricity discharges into the ground, these formations comprise masses of vitrified organic debris.

Made in collaboration with an electro-technician, Dijkman created artificial fulgurites by discharging electricity into earth collected from mining sites in Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which she then suspended in resin pyramids and installed in a floor installation.

Marjolijn Dijkman

Cloud to Ground

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Produced in collaboration with Lukas Pol

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