Marea Collage is an ongoing project, coming from a close observation of the Adriatic shore in Fano, Italy. During winter, when the kitsch Riviera is emptied, another kind of human disturbance uncovers: debris of semi-finished materials emerge on the abandoned shore returned by the tide and rinsed from the cyclic chaos of summer. If I pay attention, I can see broken slabs of granite, marble and terrazzo laying on the beach.
Anna Tsing suggests the Art of Noticing as a way to observe the details and entanglements of the world, to open up to new human and non-human alliances and possibilities. I observe the remains of granite-slabs on the Adriatic shore and I see multiple trajectories and temporalities coming together.
These debris are fragments of mountains. I see the passing of time in the crystalline texture, and the weaved minerals in the multiple colours. How long have these residues been adrift? The imprint of the sea shows through the beautifully eroded edges. Where are they coming from? Were they thrown overboard by the hands that extracted them? The mark of human labour is readable on the constant thickness of the slabs. I think about the effort to excavate the granite and to make it into blocks. I think about the damaged ecosystems, the polluted rivers and water reserves, the irreversible loss. And therefore, I cannot ignore them.
I no longer see the debris as waste but rather as a possibility to design with nature, to continue with the labour stream. I hunt the granite fragments, shaped collaboratively by nature, then by humans, then by nature again. I collect them and carefully clean and assemble them in collages. I don’t want the human and non-human effort to be in vain. Once again, I reshape the rests, through capable artisan hands that have been working rocky matter for decades. I mix the fragments with other matter keeping together the human and natural flux.