#308 | Erik Hagen


DEEP TIME is a term used by geologists to indicate historical perspectives much older than those of human existence. My introduction to deep time came when as a boy in Minnesota I unexpectedly found both an arrowhead and fossilized coral. This life-changing discovery began my exploration of deep time through artistic processes simulating sedimentation, erosion and fossilization. My engineering background helps me to develop alternative ways of sculpting and painting.

I incorporate slowly moving water, called “laminar flow,” to sculpt a surface dusted with plaster and pigments, harking to my training in water resources engineering. Some artwork looks like topographical landscapes as seen from 20,000 feet, while other pieces present the fossils we might leave behind in the geologic record. My stone-like work straddles the line between sculpture and painting and incorporates found objects, plaster, acrylic, pigments and resin on ripped cardboard. These wall-reliefs invite the viewer to contemplate the beauty of the colors and marks found in nature, reflect on the notion of deep time, and meditate on what is truly important in our lives.