Almost a year!

I cannot believe it has been almost a year since I last posted something. I have not really been in the right frame of mind to blog. There has been a lot happening with teaching and my Masters degree, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been making work.

After the work ‘Toxic Garden’ I did a lot of soul searching, my tutors didn’t really see the point in the work I was making, even though I laid out the theoretical and practical sides of it. I think it was a bit too experimental for them!


The statement for this work read:

Toxic Garden

We live in a world of chemicals.
These images have been created by using household chemicals on photographs of gardens. The interplay between the images and chemicals are an act of transformation.

The original brilliance of the merging colours has gone. The images presented are ‘after-images’ in the nal phase of existence.

No trace of what-was is left: the fading colours and extensive blank areas are a metaphor for the perils of a heavy reliance on chemicals in our society.


So, after this I decided to go back to basics. Traditional landscape photography centred on the South West Coast Path. I will revisit the start of the project, which I am continuing to work on, for you to see in the next few blog posts.

Thank you for your patience!


Artist Statement/ April 2014

This is the first thoughtful and formal artisit statement written for this work.
It was written, at a time when all the strands of my work were beinging to take shape, and it was written primarily to focu my thoughts and therefore give me a direction for the remainder of the time I had.

It was written knowing that, as the work developed it, in all probablity would change.

This art is not about mere representation.
It is a series wrought from pain and suffering.

The base image has melancholy overtones depicting abandonment.
Emotions are deeper than those seen on the surface.
Like icebergs we reveal only a fraction of who we are.

This work explores those depths
The work literately goes deeper – into the soil, mud and water.
Negatives are buried, covered and submerged.
Time is a vital part of the process.

The burial and exhumation reveals a transformation.
The natural environment plays a significant collaborative role.

Micro-organisms and natural elements interact with the negative
leaving their indexical trace.
The life of the invisible is made visible.
The very act of destruction is a form of creation.
A new order from the old.
New life from the old.

The process is a metaphor for personal meaning.
The erosion and destruction of all that was, creates a new form.

The images appear dark and despairing, yet they are
a transfiguration into something spiritual and sublime.
Look closely…. the physical that is there, but not seen, has become visible.

It is a revelation.
It is a new beginning.
It is a Transfiguration.


Biosigna is a new term that describes the photographic practice of: burying, covering and submerging film within the natural landscape.

The literal translation of Biosigna is ‘Life Signals’.

This art is not about mere representation, but is the exploration of the manor in which microorganisms and their natural elements interact with the negative leaving their indexical trace.

The life of the invisible is made visible and where the act of destruction becomes a creative force.

The images are a collaboration between the artist, microorganisms and the natural elements allowing the voice of the environment to be heard.

These particular images were created by burying negatives in light soil for a period of 10 days and the results are reminiscent  of Impressionist paintings of the 19th Century.







© Mary Pearson

Buried Negatives: Day 15


 These are the effects of the negatives being buried for 15 days.Untitled-1_water Untitled-1Water Untitled-2 (1) Untitled-3 (1) Untitled-4 (1)

© Mary Pearson