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Photographer Femke Reijerman

EARTHLY DELIGHTS  (ongoing) / 2019
Machine z-axis, water system, temputure controller.
Triptych, CnC milled, burned, and inlayed with Sulphur.
Sculptures, variable dimensions.

           Sulphur is in cultural history often tied to ideas of hell, alchemy and mysticism, where it is closely associated with fire due to similar characteristics; and yet, sulphur is essential to sustain all forms of life on earth. The unique artificial bright yellow appearance of Sulphur can only be seen in its pure form, which we barely encounter in our daily life.

It has been an item of commerce for centuries, used for water purification, cosmetics, medicine, fertiliser, textiles, rubber, paint, film and explosives. Today, Sulphur is mainly connected to the use of sulphuric compounds such as sulphuric acid, a worldwide industry representing a number of universal values. A single source, providing raw material for a vast number of everyday objects and infrastructure.

Several applications of this often hidden element have been explored within the project, Earthly Delights. A series of sculptures are formed by a machine. In the process pure, melted sulphur solidifies by water flow. The sculptures show the passing of time, through the acceleration of the naturally slow process. A two-metre ‘triptych’ made by using traditional inlay and engraving techniques, exhibits the myths, industrial and geological cycles of the rather underestimated element sulphur.


Concept, Design:
Anna Diljá Sigurðardóttir

Supported by:
Myndstef Project Grant

Machine, Development:
Anna Diljá Sigurðardóttir and Matiss Balodis

Collaboration, theory contributions:
Scientific office Reykjavík

Bachelor of Food Non Food, 2019 (Cum laude)
Design Academy Eindhoven
Rene Smeets Award (Nominee)