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Anne Ausloos - 'Suspensie' (1999, 60')

Anne Ausloos explores in a poetic manner the intrinsic values of the material that creates landscapes: earth. She visualises the forces and transformation processes of clay by exposing it to water, heat, air and light. She does not intervene but creates the perfect circumstances. She is fascinated by objects that seems to be natural but are artificial and vice versa. During Visite, Anne Ausloos gives an introduction to her work 'Suspension'.

Anne Ausloos on ‘Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of Things in the Universe’ (1977, 9’) by Charles & Ray Eames
"‘Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of Things in the Universe’ starts with a sleeping man at the park. From that anchor point you take off, thousands of miles far through the dazzling cosmos. And then all the way back to get through the subatomic world via the hand of the same sleeping man. To depict the interconnection between the utterly small and the extremely big, is what made me chose this film.

Deep time or geological time is something that confronts me as clay artist. The clay that I work with now comes from the sub-surface and has been dug out 16 meter deep in order of the restoration of the consolidation works of the Scheldt quay walls. These clay layers were formed between 33,9 and 18,4 millions of years ago, so before the birth of the Scheldt and before there was any human presence on earth. To touch and observe that clay is an experience in itself. ‘Powers of Ten’ goes much further back in time than the genesis of earth."