Above pictured, Antony Gormley’s ‘Field’ 1989 – 2003, I chose this image as I feel it perfectly illustrates humanity through ‘ clay creation theory’ and further that we as human beings are essentially all the same but individual in our own right.
‘ man was made from clay, this concept has not just alluded religion but me as an artist. Research within the last few years has found that this theory may not be as deluded as previously comprehend, due to the idea that clay is a breeding ground for chemicals which absorbs like a sponge and eventually leads to proteins and DNA forming.
Genesis 2:7: ‘And the Lord God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.’
Over billions of years, chemicals confined within spaces where clay is produced could have carried out the complex reactions that formed proteins, DNA and eventually all the machinery that makes a living cell work.
For me conceptually this is incredibly interesting with regards to ‘primal memory’, the idea that we as beings are formed from the very material ‘I’ as an artist use. it could also elevate this feeling I cannot almost describe, to why I use the material and why I feel it retains a ‘primitiveness’ – a biomolecular feeling, from the earliest construction of human molecular form.