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

An Artists Statement.

Today, in the art world, much contemporary art requires some explanation. Not only can work be complicated but the artists intent can sometimes be less than obvious. An Artists Statement accompanying each piece of work can be very helpful. It allows the viewer an opportunity to have an insight into the thought processes, methodology and purpose of the work before them. Enabling them to understand a little of the artist. This can be most helpful. It can make the difference between an artist and their work being understood or misunderstood.

The aim of an Artist Statement: 

The aim is simple to place before your audience an outline of  your methodology, purpose and intent. It gives an artist an opportunity to define the critical conversation, discussing their engagement with ideas and the art produced.

Language:

Art is about the visual: but we have to use language to describe what we have created. Language can often feel so inadequate, especially when you want to convey something that comes from the heart and soul. However, language is all we have. Within words, often the simpler the better, you have to express your visual ideas. It is a process that takes time to master.

How to start to write an Artist Statement:

The best way is to ask questions of yourself:

  • What am I trying to do?
  • How have I tried to do it?
  • Why have I done it?
  • What/who has influenced me the most?
  • How does my art relate to others in art?
  • What is it that I want others to take from my work?

Other considerations also come in the form of questions:

  • consider what you have created.
  • consider how you have created it.
  • consider why you have created it.
  • consider what the meaning of the work means to you.

Methodology:

Methodology is the single most important element when you are writing an artist statement. It is the direct link between your ideas and your finished work. It is the glue that holds thought and work together.

You need to state the intended purpose of your work. Although you should not dictate what others should think, some guidance as to your meaning, will help them as they come to their own conclusions on the work.

Art has an endless number of potential meanings; it is vital that the artist declare their meaning, and it is for the viewer to either agree or not. Therefore, you need to share  insights, allowing the viewer the freedom to decide their own meaning.

I am still learning how to write Artist Statement.

This is what I wrote about an image done for a recent university module.

Visual representation is at the heart of all photography. We each try to convey something of the reality of the world around us. Inspired by the work of German photographer, Uta Barth, this image was deliberately taken out-of-focus. Immediately we are faced with visual confusion. What is this? This is an important question, the answer to which becomes a journey of discovery to decipher the content of the image. We begin to ‘look’ at the digital pixels more intently to interpret the image for ourselves. The visual chaos is a puzzle, and it for each viewer to find their own answers.