27 May 2013
Landslides in Art Part 18: Elena Damiani
Posted by Dave Petley
This is the 18th part of my occasional series on Landslides in Art. Part 17 can be found here.
Elena Damiani is a Peruvian artist based in London whose work combines sculpture and architecture to challenge notions of space and place. Her work is really interesting, and she has both a personal website and a blog, which are well worth a look. In 2009 and she produced a piece of work entitled landslide, which is a scale model installation that depicts a series of building apparently over-run by a granular flow. There are a series of images of the work on both her blog and her website:
It is an interesting piece in that structures are a combination of mostly recognisable and often iconic buildings from around the world, set in a steep mountain environment, with the granular flow around their foundations:
The source of the landslide is not obvious, and the buildings have not been toppled, perhaps suggesting a slow flow rather than a rock avalanche?
In fact her work quite often features other aspects of landslides, in some cases incipient failures:
And in others the aftermath of large rockfalls: