Ammonoidea Glaciei, 2018, 22 x 9 x 9"
REBIRTH OF A SPECIES
The Ammonoids, a subclass of the Ammonoidea, are an extinct group of marine animals most well known for their alluring spiral shells now found as index fossils in the deep rock layer.
By using the iconic spiral form as her inspiration, Debra Steidel opened the form with detail and grace to invite light and curiosity. As the shell forms rest at a slight angle, the imagery of the spiral draws in the viewer.
An Early Beginning
Debra Steidel has long had a fascination with seaforms, especially the ammonite, which has inspired her work since the early 1990's.
"265 million years ago, the Guadalupe Mountains of Texas were underwater. The area where I live in Texas was a shallow sea. Today when I hike the dry riverbeds, I can find countless fossils embedded in the rocks, spiral forms, ammonites, and crustaceans. My fascination with fossils and rocks dates back to my childhood. I was lucky to have had nature as my playground. "
- DEBRA STEIDEL