Movement Towards Diminishing Object consists of a large golden quartzite rock seemingly strapped to a plinth by a flimsy plastic chain that appears to erode a hollow space through the core of the rock. With this work, Balmforth examines ideas of materiality, vulnerability, perception and meaning. The impracticality, if not complete impossibility, of the relatively soft plastic chain affecting erosion upon the resistant stone by its movement presents an ideological tension between the objects. The slow methodical movement of the chain around the quartz engages these two objects in a reversal of their superficially described inter-relationship, where material truths do not emerge in an unveiling, but rather manifest themselves as an ongoing process.
The ineptitude of this sculpture to enact the physical process it appears to represent shifts the meaning of diminishment from object to concept. As it becomes clear that the rock's abrasion is not being effected by the chain's plastic, the process, rather than product, becomes the subject of this work. Despite the, both conceptual and physical, futility of this exercise Balmforth manages to retain an element of optimism in this work. The title contains the idea of possibility and potentiality; Movement Towards Diminishing Object implies a notion of progress and endeavour. It takes on an existentialist tone, highlighting one’s need to create meaning and to persist in the face of possible failure, absurdity or alienation.