Stone sculpture with holes like a pause

Categories: Studio Practice, Site-specific

Media: Sea-worn local sandstone rocks (Upper Greensand), pillar drill and various drill bits.


I had collected these nine strangely uniform sea-worn sandstone rocks a couple of years back from nearby Compton beach. They looked like typographic dashes and to further that, I had in mind drilling an ellipsis (three full stops) into the surface to indicate the pause I had created by extracting them from their natural geological habitat and interrupting the process of wearing further away.

When the pandemic came, I thought about them again and they took on more gravity as a work to undertake at a time when the whole world was put on hold. Each small circular incision made feels both like a collaboration with the stone and a penance. The use of a pillar drill and a variety of both suitable and unsuitable drill bits, a slow procedure and a balance of powered device-controlled assistance and hand-eye instinctive judgement.

Currently, there are just two of the smallest stones outstanding to be done.

Photograph of Compton Beach by Ever Grainger

Compton Bay where the stones were found.

(Photograph taken with mirrors in the Re: Landscape series)

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