Size: 200 x 200 mm
Pages: 48 pages
Type: Perfect bound softcover
Designer: Anna Brown
Publisher: Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, in association with Forrester Gallery, 2016
Depicting a fascinating link between art and science, history and creativity, The Glass Archive centres around the beautiful, glassy forms contained in diatomite. This unremarkable-looking rock is full of preserved silica skeletons and other microfossils from ancient seas, principally single-celled algae known as diatoms – invisible to the naked eye, but remarkable when seen through a microscope. The complexity, diversity and sheer beauty of these forms was highly prized in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and diatoms were shipped, studied, traded and collected around the world. Barrar has studied some of the associated narratives – including the story of the internationally famous Oamaru diatomite – and produced stunning photographs of this microscopic world.
Wayne Barrar is an Associate Professor at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University Wellington. His photographs have been widely published and exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1980s.
With essays by Kelley Wilder and Wayne Barrar