The visual result of the symbiosis between film matter and organic matter is the conceptual origin of this body of work.
The process involves the cultivation of emulsion consuming microbes on a visual environment created through portraits and a physical environment composed of developed film immersed in water. As the microbes consume light-sensitive chemical over the course of months or years, the silver halides destabilize, obfuscating the legibility of foreground, background, and scale. This creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral, and results in complete disintegration of the film so that it can only be delicately digitized before it is consumed. (artist statement)
A piece for the NYT Sunday Review: “The Woman’s Heart Attack” written by Martha Weinman Lear-Rachel Levit
Heavy Coral Bleaching Around the Caribbean in the Summer of 2014 ➙
This summer’s water temperatures were incredibly high, especially around the Caribbeans and the Florida Keys reef tract. Sadly, I was able to witness the overwhelming bleaching of thousands of corals in that area.
NOAA reported that this past July and August broke …