Coastal Erosion [2018]

Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs that form part of the south coast in East Sussex. Seven Sisters is a hotspot for coastal erosion with at least a metre of coastline being eroded each year, however when you visit this stretch of the coastline it seems like nothing obvious is changing. This project presents the visually gradual degradation of the coast that allows the viewer to under the processes that occurring over time. The tiles were casted with a combination of collected chalk from the cliffs and Jesmonite, using this combination of materials allowed me to apply the ‘erosion’ to the tiles through a process of sandblasting. The chalk is a very soft material, meaning it sandblasted much faster than the Jesmonite leaving behind a organic degraded surface. 

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