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Doug Young
Geode Fragment, 2019
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Salt, paint, paper

5H x 7L x 5W inches

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  • Viewed at a glance my geodes appear to present a wonder of the world's natural resources. However, the natural crystals are gone, having been replaced with synthetic versions. This artwork addresses how humankind's relationship with nature has been based on curiosity and investigation that often leads to exploitation and fakery. Implicit in the sculpture as commodified object is the specter of our destruction of nature and our acts of deception on each other. While the concern of real versus fake elicits anxiety, the magical trickery also prompts hopeful wonder and awe. The crystals are grown in my studio over a period of three to 100 days, depending on the desired finished size. Aluminum potassium sulfate is used for the clear crystals and potassium chromium sulfate for the purple crystals. The chemicals are dissolved in water and upon evaporation the alum crystallizes from the solution. Once grown to maturity, the crystals are added to the geode form. The exterior “rock” structure of the geode fragments are made of painted paper.
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