Wayne Barrar – The Glass Archive (SOLD OUT)


Size: 200 x 200 mm

Pages: 48 pages

Type: Perfect bound softcover

Edition: N/A

Designer: Anna Brown

Publisher: Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, in association with Forrester Gallery, 2016

ISBN: 9780473362836

Year:  2016

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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