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!

Mary

Biosigna 3 – February 2015

The negatives that created these images were buried for two weeks between the 1st and 14th February. The work is part of an experiment that I will be conducting this year which involves burying negatives for the first 14 days of each month in the same place in my garden and at the same depth. I want to see how the soil conditions over seasons changes to form different reposes to the images and negatives buried.

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© Mary Pearson

Biosigna 3 – January 2015

The negatives that created these images were buried for two weeks between the 1st and 14th January. The work is part of an experiment that I will be conducting this year which involves burying negatives for the first 14 days of each month in the same place in my garden and at the same depth. I want to see how the soil conditions over seasons changes to form different reposes to the images and negatives buried. Image 6a

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© Mary Pearson

Biosigna

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.

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© 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