Nicole James (PhD candidate, Chemistry, UChicago)
April Martin (MFA candidate, Sculpture, SAIC) 

What is the role of disorder in the formation of material structures? A crystal is defined by its order, but the fluid media that crystals are often precipitated from are disordered. Additionally, a perfect crystal is perfectly ordered, but in reality crystals have defects that introduce elements of disorder into the system. Through experiment and conversation, April Martin and Nicole James investigate how materials (dis)order themselves over time. Working with ceramics, salts, metals, and fluids, the collaboration explores the creation and destruction of crystalline forms. Of special interest in the role of time, energy, and material nature.