The Sedimentation Series is named after the geological process that occurs when sedimentary rock is being formed. The urns are mould-cast in a composite material and have the weight, cool, shine and denseness of natural stone. Despite the literal reference to nature, the vivid colouration gives a fantastical quality, exposing it’s artificiality. Often observers poses the question ‘what is it and how is it made?’, which allows for the suspension of disbelief and subjective perceptions. The typology of the urns refers to stone vessels in anthropological collections, where the authors mostly are unknown. Anthropological objects carry a strong history of culture and geography that along with the uncertainty of it’s maker often gives a certain air to the objects.
Hellström developed the technique in 2011 while constantly experimenting during the casting process. Undulating coloured strata and patterns were created. Certain elements of the process are tightly monitored, while others are more haphazard and left to chance. Each resulting vessel is meticulously crafted and no two are alike -forming an interplay between control and coincidence, a juxtaposition that often informs Hellström’s process.
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden, 2014
Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Sweden, 2015
Eskilstuna Konstmuseum, Sweden, 2015
Daelim Museum, Seoul, S Korea, 2016