Six fired earth clay tiles
86.4 x 130.8 Size (cm)
34.0 x 51.5 Size (in)Born 1945 in Berkeley, US
Lives and works in Berkeley, US
Mary Corse’s ‘Black Earth’ series, which she began in 1978, uses earth as a grounding for the work itself. Corse begins with plaster molds of rock surfaces, which are transferred to clay, glazed, and placed into an updraft kiln custom-built to accommodate their large size. The resulting tiles have black mirror-like surfaces that are rippled with topographic peaks. These forms prompt the viewer to move around the piece to see the varied textures and changing reflections. Exhibited against the wall, these three works flip the natural orientation of rocks underfoot and thus play with traditional human perceptions of a landscape. Coupled with their reflectivity, the works expand beyond the visual to include subtleties of feeling and awareness.
For over 50 years, Mary Corse has focused her practice on the properties of perception
and light through painting, sculpture, and experimentation with non-traditional materials.