© 2013 Michelle Stuart/photo Bruce M. White
July 26, 1976, 2:30 PM
Area - Sayreville, New Jersey 40-30 Latitude 74-30 Longitude Specimen Fragment Sample of Earth Showing Impressions of Rock Forms Location - Views of East Side of the Quarry
Michelle Stuart, American, born 1938
Michelle Stuart, American, born 1938

Area - Sayreville, New Jersey 40-30 Latitude 74-30 Longitude Specimen Fragment Sample of Earth Showing Impressions of Rock Forms Location - Views of East Side of the Quarry, July 26, 1976, 2:30 PM

Earth and rocks on muslin-backed paper, vintage color photographs, mounted on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm. (22 x 30 in.)
Courtesy of the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
An avid student of geology, cartography, and archaeology, Stuart has long explored the myriad investments that humans make in the natural world. In 1976, at the suggestion of Charles Simonds, she began to frequent the failing sand and clay quarries in Sayreville. There, she created four mixed-media works. In the center of each piece is a rectangular sheet of paper and a row of Polaroid photographs. The sheets are "painted" with sediment collected at specific times of day; collectively, the works capture both the passage of time and the character of the landscape.

The Fertility of Desolation