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Fossilarium; paintings inspired by micropaleontological thin sections

Giles Ford
Fossilarium; paintings inspired by micropaleontological thin sections (in The evolution of paleontological art, Renee M. Clary (editor), Gary D. Rosenberg (editor) and Dallas C. Evans (editor))
Memoir - Geological Society of America (September 2021) 218

Abstract

Inspired by his late father's thin section micropaleontology, artist Giles Ford created the Fossilarium, a series of large-scale paintings that investigates the nature of time and space through investigation of the miniature. Ford reflects on the influences of his work and how he developed a visual language inspired by repeating patterns of his father's microfossil thin sections. The Fossilarium presents abstract landscapes of interwoven time explored through layered images that intertwine the geological, industrial, societal, and personal spectrums. The Fossilarium thereby seeks to create timeless patterns that probe different subject areas from pure aesthetics through the Anthropocene and climate change provocations to more intimate multigenerational explorations of the thread of family history, loss, and the future. Through his paintings, Ford seeks to bring the micropaleontological view to a wider audience by posing questions about the role of industry, fossil fuels, the artist, and climate change.


ISSN: 0072-1069
Coden: GSAMAQ
Serial Title: Memoir - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 218
Title: Fossilarium; paintings inspired by micropaleontological thin sections
Title: The evolution of paleontological art
Author(s): Ford, Giles
Author(s): Clary, Renee M.editor
Author(s): Rosenberg, Gary D.editor
Author(s): Evans, Dallas C.editor
Affiliation: University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, United Kingdom
Affiliation: Mississippi State University, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State, MS, United States
Published: 20210917
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 9780813782188
References: 12
Accession Number: 2021-067328
Categories: General paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2023, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 202147
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