This sculpture emerged after a project working with Norman McLeod, a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, London & the writer Sarah McGuire. We were looking at foraminifera, whose name literally means ‘pierced forms’. These are microscopic shells which appear as grains of sand to the naked eye, but under the microscope are revealed as intricate sculptural forms.

Here the work explores the connections or similariities of this microscopic view with that of a telescope looking at space. Research also explored the history of 3D scientific models used to descibe phenomena invisible to the naked eye.

9 clay forms with silver leaf
Aluminium light table (70 x 80 x 112cm) made in collaboration with Alasdair Gall.

Photography: Michael Wolchover / Anne Bevan