Rocks are hard. Anyone whose ever stepped on one knows this. But I can remember a dream I once had as a little girl sleeping with a rock as my pillow. Seattle artist Emily Gherard’s paintings provide us with a different way of seeing these often immovable objects.
Gherard presents us with rocks, mountains and cliff faces that though they are rigid to the touch, these stones are vulnerable. The smallest crack can create a weak point, endangering the stability of the structure.
We thinks of rocks as unyielding and impenetrable, yet they are shaped over time by the elements. It may take eons to see the change but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t taking place.