In Mineral Landscapes: Homing the Abandoned, Mohamed Rowaizak creates unique artefacts out of neglected stacks of materials.
He takes scrapped technology, left to rot in junkyards, and allows it to become iconic and represent the life it has endured.
Melting the materials at over 800 degrees, he brings them back to their original state in a process similar to the crystallisation of gems in Earth’s mantle. The surface texture becomes an icon for new perspectives, allowing layered intricacies: surface, object, and collection. Rowaizak has developed his technique to create fractal-surface qualities inspired by the regional architectural element - the Muqarnas.
The installation focuses on contrast by bringing the gem-like qualities of the artefacts and the industrial feel of their display racks into immediate proximity.
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