Calculus Sue Lawty

“…To see a World in a Grain of Sand…”

William Blake

I wanted to take something tiny & insignificant; very small stones unnoticed underfoot on beach, out of context… and through repetition and scale of work,
subject the viewer to be made small in their presence.

Each tiny insignificant speck of stone bears witness to the vastness of geological time. Time so immense it renders us, humankind, as the real speck;
ourselves an insignificant blip in the earth’s history.

The original rock would have been formed and then subsequently broken down and eroded over millions of years. Each resultant gravelly mark of stone
has been rumbled and rolled, tossed and turned, pounded and shoved relentlessly in and out on tides twice a day, every day for years…  until now…
halted on the verge of becoming sand.


– the study of change in the same way that geometry is the study of shape and algebra is the study of equations

– a branch of mathematics originally based on the summation of infinitesimal differences.

– a particular method / system / logic of calculation or reasoning

– Latin for small stone

2 x 3 m
natural stone on gesso
(photo credit: John Coombes)


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