Mixed media installation

UV print on foil and gloss laminated C print of thin section photomicrographs of rock-core samples, Inkjet with embossing, HD–video, sculpture, objects

Commissioned by the Dark Ecology project with the support of the Arts Council Norway’s Cultural fond and fond for Sound and Image, the Norwegian State exhibition grant, the Association of Norwegian Visual Artist (NBK), Hordaland Municipality and the City of Bergen. The project was conducted in cooperation with Hilde Methi and Sonic Acts, the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), Lademoen

Kunstnerverksteder (LKV) and Arctic Drilling AS.

Stones possess a kind of gravitas, something ultimate and unchanging, something that will never perish or else has already done so. They attract through an intrinsic, infallible, immediate beauty, answerable to no one, necessarily perfect yet excluding the idea of perfection in order to exclude approximation, error, and excess. This spontaneous beauty thus precedes and goes beyond the actual notion of beauty, of which it is at once the promise and the foundation. – Roger Caillois, The Writing of Stones

Prospecting: A Geological Survey of Greys is a two-part project that appropriates the scientific geological methods of extracting, analysing and categorising mineral specimens. By initiating a 170 meters prospecting drilling of 2.5-billion-year-old primary rock at Prestefjellet in Sør-Varanger municipality (Norway),

rock-core samples of metamorphic gneiss was extracted in search of the bedrocks shades of grey tones.


For the second part of the project, Jonsson collaborated with the Geological Survey of Norway to conduct various analyses and microscopy of the rock-cores at their laboratory in Trondheim. The results of her exploration is a cross-section of biology and history, in which the stone's microstructure and mineralogical composition meets a survey of colour perception and optical refraction between spectator, object and space.

The first part of the project involved a 170 metres’ deep diamond rock-core drilling, followed by a site-specific installation consisting of drilling residue and a massive column of rock-core samples presented by the adjacent 5-centimetre-wide hole in the basement rock at Prestefjellet for Dark Ecology 2016. 


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