MADE BY MANY HANDS: A BOTANIC PHOTO LAB
Pelargonium & chlorophyll prints, soil chromotography, biomaterial film substitutes, plant-based photographic developer extractions, scoby leather prints, copper wire and anthotype.
This immersive installation is the first to explore the research, failures and possibilities in ecological alternative futures of analogue photographic processes.
The installation features photographic developer chemistries made from plants; fermenting and engaging the senses. Experiments into printing onto biomaterials, leaves, and scoby leathers pepper the space. Metal structures submerge in waste chemistry to draw silver particles out, de-toxifying the solution for safe disposal. Soil chromatographs line the walls, visualising earth chemistries in circular, tree-like rings.
The title of the work, Made By Many Hands, refers to the importance in community-based and democratic resilience in confronting climate related crises. The chlorophyll prints exhibited throughout the installation, feature the hands of the two artists, and are made using common garden species including aspidistra and nasturtium.
In collaboration with Hannah Fletcher.
TERRA NEXUS exhibition, Southbank, 2020-21.