Sediment-laden waters often appear muddily opaque, the multitude of suspended particles disturbed by wind, tide, storm, flood, or even our activities seemingly cloud our view of aquatic life, obscuring them. We spare little thought of the suspended sediment itself, for it signals that there is or was movement, yet it too is full of life, colour and form.
The suspended cloud of inorganic matter is, in fact, a multitude: inorganic particles of silt, clay and sand are the host and neighbour to the algal, the bacterial, mingling with particles of organic matter, microorganisms and larger, yet still small, lifeforms that find their sustenance and shelter in the obscure. Furthermore, the minerals and denizens diffuse and reflect and ultimately diffuse the light, creating complex conditions within the microscopic.
Sediment Nodes explores the connections and interconnections of what we assume inert, yet disturbed, of the complexities of colour and light hidden from us by the scale and the diffusion of light and osmosis within a liquid medium.
2022 Vellum LA: Brief Histories of Simulated Lifeforms (link)