British ceramicist Tamsin van Essen takes a literal approach to her sculpture, representing layers of geological sediment. She forms alternating black and white colored clays into blocks and then sandblasts them, revealing the layers and carving organic curves.
Her method is an invented and quickened process similar to what would happen naturally over millions of years to landscape, now visible in the layered edges of river banks or canyons. Essen’s surfaces, though, are bare porcelain – permanent, soft, and seductive.
To see more of these sculptures and others that look infected by bacteria, head to Essen’s website.