Founded in 2013, X-Artifacts provides the finest sand artwork with industry-leading quality. Xavier Hardison (b. 1998) better known as X, is an African American Artist, Designer, and Entrepreneur from Germantown, Maryland. He studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and received fellowship from Yale Norfolk School of Art in 2019. Hardison has exhibited along the east coast including solo shows at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower and West Elm Inner Harbor, as well as group shows in Washington DC, Bethesda MD, Baltimore MD, Falls Church VA, Highland NY, Norfolk CT, and Providence RI. He currently lives and works in Germantown, Maryland.
Nearly all our work incorporates sand as a theme. The goal of our studio practice is to celebrate our relationship with nature and natural materials. X-Artifacts are made using sand and rocks to represent time and the environment. The "X" in our logo is referenced throughout the artwork. This shape in part references an hourglass, aka the sand-clock, an instrument which brilliantly uses the laws of nature to measure time. By using sand in our pieces we draw attention to the ephemeral quality and incredible value of time.
The texture and feel of sand also engages the sense, adding a memorable tactile dimension to the artwork. This sensory experience stimulates a deeper connection with viewers, exploring ideas of touch, physicality, and presence. The chipped components, shapes, and contours of our X-Artifacts are meant to convey an implied history, as if unearthed from a past millennium. While modern features such as vibrant trimming, the cultural symbol "X", and diverse compositional range place us in the 21st century.