resistant materials  

refuse: (v)(n)(–)   ✕

by Rachel Pimm
refuse: (v)(n)(–) contains many high-res image + video works and should be experienced on larger screens.


Allochthon: a rock displaced from its original site. Allo= other, chthon=earth.

Antiform: an arch shaped fold of layers of sediment.

Back-buttering: the process of applying a thin layer of thinset adhesive to the back of the tiles using the flat side of the trowel. This is done in an attempt to provide as close to 100% coverage of the setting mortar to the tile just prior to setting it to reduce the possibility of failure.

Banding: the action of marking ceramics with a line or band.

Clastic: mechanically redeposited remains of eroded older rocks. Rocks formed of fragments, or clasts, of pre-existing rocks.

Conglomerate: coarse grained sedimentary rock composed of rounded fragments embedded in a matrix of cementing material.

Diagenesis: distinct parts grouped together geology

Downsagging: deposits dipping towards the centre.

Indurated: hardened.

Lithification: the process in which sediments compact under pressure, expel connate fluids, and gradually become solid rock.

Molding: process of manufacturing by shaping pliable raw material using a rigid frame or model called a mold.

Non-clastic: organically deposited rocks.

Orogeny: a process in which a section of the earth’s crust is folded and deformed by lateral compression to form a mountain range.

Quarry tile: slang term for a 6’ x 6’ impervious unglazed tile.

Sticklepath-Lustleigh: mineral rich fault line dating probably from the paleozoic era variscan orogeny 250 million years ago due to a vertical movement. It is located in the south-west of England and is the site of Sibelco UK ball clay quarry operations.

Seam: a stratum of coal or mineral that is economically viable; a bed or a distinct layer of vein of rock in other layers of rock.

Sequence: of geological events, processes, or rocks, arranged in chronological order.

Shelf: a projecting ledge of rock that resembles such a structure. The bedrock underlying an alluvial deposit or the like.

Silcrete: an indurated soil duricrust formed when surface sand and gravel are cemented by dissolved silica.

Surficial: of or pertaining to the surface.

Rachel Pimm (b. Harare, 1984, lives in London) works in sculpture, video, text and performance to make work that explores environments and their materialities, histories and politics often from the point of view of non-human agents such as plants, minerals, worms, water, gravity or rubber. Solo Shows include Hales Gallery, London (2017) Jerwood Space, London (2016) and Zabludowicz Collection (2014). Pimm’s work has been included in recent programmes including ANDOR, Tenderpixel, Chisenhale Gallery, Royal Academy (Dazed Magazine Energing Artist award 2015), and Serpentine Gallery (all London 2014-2016). Recent Residencies include Rabbit Island, Michigan, USA (2017), Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scotland (2016), and Joya Arte E Ecologia, Spain (2013). She has a first class BA in Fine Art 4D from Central Saint Martins (2006) and an MFA Fine Art (Distinction) from Goldsmiths (2013), was a founder of London project space Auto Italia and currently lectures in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art, UAL and Arts University Bournemouth. Recent press in includes Frieze Magazine and Video by Ellen Mara De Wachter, by Chris Fite-Wassilak in Art Monthly alongside a feature by Jamie Sutcliffe. Her recent exhibition Resistant Materials was reviewed in Artforum International.