A recent facet of Davidson’s Archeoart constructions, GEOLOMORPHOSIS (Geological/Metamorphosis) transforms unearthed stones and man made objects, in various stages of deterioration and decomposition, into butterﬂies and other ﬂying insects.
Asked what inspired him to create GEOLOMORPHOSIS Davidson replied, “Observation… walking through the woods I came upon a rock that was cracked in half with its parts askew. I noticed the symmetrical ﬁt of the two halves and put them back together. Only a thin line was visible where the weathered sedimentary layers had separated. I opened them again, like one would open an empty clam shell at the ocean, and saw the butterﬂy metamorphose out of the stone.”
“It started me thinking, before these stones were split by the forces of nature they were as unassuming as a chrysalis, the camouflaged cocoon containing the pupa that eventually becomes a butterﬂy. The stone too expressed a true metamorphosis.”
“I collected other split stones from the woods in Cragsmoor, NY, for the GEOLOMORPHOSIS constructions. Many of the rocks were split by expanded moisture that has seeped into their stratiﬁed layers before the winter freeze. Other specimens were split from natural traumas. Finding well formed split stones I imagined was like discovering a rare species of lepidopteran,” Davidson expressed.
Davidson spreads and rotates the symmetrical stones halves to achieve the images of butterﬂies and other insect wings. Once he is satisﬁed with his positioning he connects the halves with steel rods inserted and bonded into hidden drill holes. Smaller stone halves are connected together with strap metal and adhesives.
In concert with other unearthed found objects, many from the same woods he discovers the stones, Davidson completes his incarnations with patterns and details as diverse as butterﬂies themselves.
Butterﬂies migrate and so will Davidson’s GEOLOMORPHOSIS Lepidoptera. After leaving the Red Eft Gallery they will alight at the Ellenville New York Regional Hospital Healing Art Gallery (summer 2010) with future migrations as far away as Moscow.