The Vitality of Loam
The story of a material
Depending on the initial rock, the degree of weathering, decomposition, or relocation, the mineral composition of loam varies. It hosts diverse organisms and animals and builds the ground for growth.
Loam is a vital matter. It does not only reveal a living world within but also a liveliness by its own. This does not mean to equate soil to living beings but to see it as something active that can be the catalyst of actions and reactions.
If you want, you can interpret its vitality with loam‘s capability to infinitely transform. The clay minerals make this possible. They act as binding agents for sand, silt, or other components when they are wet. Likewise, they harden in the air.
So, loam can become malleable or solid at any time. It constantly reacts to its surrounding in absorbing or releasing moisture.
The vitality of loam undergoes the constant process of becoming, has the ability to trigger actions, and to tell stories, indirectly, about itself and the co-existence with others. We should not put an end to its vitality by firing it or adding chemical substances, instead, we should rather react to its qualities and try to use them in the best possible way.
Loam is a circuit. It can be used over and over again.