Rachel Guardiola & L.E. Doughtie, Mount Royal School of Art, '15
After realizing the inherent conversation between our studio practices, we propose a collaborative project to research geological formations as subject matter in our studio practices. The Cumberland Gap Caverns in Ewing, Virginia is site to a stretch of three million year old caves that are still under a state of physical transformation. Located with in the larger Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the larger reserve spans parts of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The Gap Caverns ancient layers consist of compacted equatorial sea deposits that took form when the Atlantic Oceanic and America Plates collided and created the Appalachian Mountain chain. Limestone dissolved in seeping water drips through the cavern walls, allowing calcite and other minerals to precipitate with in the closed underground spaces. The cave interior exhibits stalagmites that rise from the floor and stalactites that stretch from the ceiling until they meet to form geological pillars. With this grant, we propose to travel to the Cumberland Gap Caverns to compose a site specific collaborative project inspired by the environmental spaces.