From 2000–2004, Hassink photographed stone quarries across the globe. Blue Walls, USA (2013) is her latest series and was photographed in Tompkins Bluestone Quarry in Hancock, New York.The title of the series derives from the color of the architecturally finished sandstone, though photographed here in its raw state.
In Blue Walls, USA we see beyond the quarry to its surroundings, and understand how the excavation site is set in a landscape. Hassink speaks of being quite instinctual about this, allowing her eye and camera to be drawn to the beauty of the moss covered forest, which reminds her of the garden of Saiho-ji in Kyoto. The pit ponds, illuminated here, are defunct quarries filled with water and as such are a by- product of the quarrying process, and yet in Hassink’s images they are as alluring and beautiful as any lake or pond formed naturally.
Like most contemporary art practice, Hassink’s work is as much about the process as it is about the final images produced. Here, we see Hassink’s initial drawings along with glimpses of machinery and the workers, giving us a sense of the work that goes on at the quarries and the artist’s extensive fieldwork.