Interloc is a multidisciplinary art space that provides access to contemporary artists through exhibitions, events, and publications, directed by Alexis Iammarino and Maeve O’Regan since 2017.
Last spring, I made open call through social media for samples of unfired wild clay. The project was an experiment to trace the threads connecting people and their places. In early August, parcels of carefully wrapped clay appeared at the postal box. The clay was dug by 15 pairs of hands, between 9 states, and two countries. Each sample was packaged with care and attention– in Ziploc bags, wrapped in bubble wrap, cushioned with packing peanuts, accompanied with letters describing where the clays were found. As a collection, these samples illuminate shared attentiveness toward handfuls of earth that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. This project posits that clay foraging can be a tool for connectivity across disparate landscapes.