Wild Clay

The Nature of Clay: How an Artist and Scientist Investigate the Functions and Properties of this Wild Material
Blurring boundaries between art and science, Scientist, John LaCava, and Artist, Tim Roda, have paired up to conduct biological studies of the mysterious clay-like, circular composites washing up on the beaches of Long Island, NY. Roda has been using this material to build his latest ceramic pin-hole cameras, a tool that records light to paper as silver gelatin photographs. LaCava is interested in exploring the DNA and microorganisms that may be present in the materials, for example through metagenomic sequencing combined with light or electron microscopy.