Dutch Studio Formafantasma explores the culture of lava in Mount Etna and Stromboli, two of the last active volcanoes in Europe, with a new body of work titled ‘De Natura Fossilium’.
“Through this, Studio Formafantasma investigates the cultures surrounding this particularly Sicilian experience to bring both the landscape and the forces of nature together as facilities for production.” says Gallery Libby Sellers where the works are currently on display.
Formafantasma question the link between tradition and local culture and the relationship between objects and the idea of cultural heritage with De Natura Fossilium. “Historically craftsmen would mould molten lava erupting from small craters into celebrated and elaborate forms. This time-honoured craft has effectively been rendered worthless as now only inexpensive airport souvenirs are produced.”
“De Natura Fossilium is a project that refuses to accept locality as touristic entertainment. Instead, the work of Formafantasma is a different expedition in which the landscape is not passively contemplated but restlessly sampled, melted, blown, woven, cast and milled.”
“From the more familiar use of basalt stone and Lavic fibres, to their extreme experiments with lava in the production of glass, Formafantasma’s explorations and the resulting objects challenge this situation to realise the full potential of the lava as a material for design.”
Gallery Libby Sellers is presenting De Natura Fossilium now until June 13, 2014.