The images in the A Different Nature series are luminograms, created in the darkroom without a camera or film. A sheet of chromogenic paper – coated in yellow, magenta and cyan dyes – is exposed to light. Where a flower lies in the way, rays of certain wavelengths get caught in its fabric. These rays fail to register on the paper’s surface. The remaining particles reveal a colourful silhouette. Elsewhere, the light overload stains the sensitive emulsion: it turns pitch black.
Torn stems and crumpled petals present a faded figure dressed in flashy colours. It is an unlikely clash between fragility and vigour, the organic and the electric, mortality and durability. Not unlike chemical preservatives, the lush pigments bathe the withering buds in a state of fresh artificiality.
No two images are the same: the process prevents exact reproduction, as the flowers must be placed afresh when an additional print is made. Each strikes a unique pose in a chance encounter. And yet, unnervingly, the flowers are not as individual as their precarious silhouettes would suggest. Bought by the artist in shops, they are commodities. Mass produced on industrial estates, selected breeds, modified breeds, breeds bred on nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. Out of factories these flowers were born as monsters – did they ever touch the ground?
For Lyons, photographic technology “grants access to a realm hidden from normal human vision”: it reveals unseen phenomena. In the face of technology, the unknown is reduced and increased at the same time; exotic plants are everywhere for us to buy, but do we know their names?
Cast in monstrous figures of light, these decaying blossoms will not rest; they will last.
A Fantasised Bouquet
By Lucile du Praz
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Photography / Valokuvaus
The images in the Photographic Reproduction series use photography to explore the creation and development of a human foetus. The series consists of nine images which follow the foetus’ journey from conception to birth.
Combining traditional analogue and contemporary digital technologies, photographic representations of female body parts, sperm, ova and embryos are manipulated to create complex, geometric patterns which invite the viewer to consider the nature of both the reproductive and photographic processes.
The photographic isolation and modification of the elements of conception parallels contemporary reproductive techniques which enable human life to be created in the sterile atmosphere of the laboratory, rather than the warmth of the conjugal bed.
In addition to the nine prints, the series also includes a textile hanging entitled Making Babies. Photographic images from the Photographic Reproduction series are printed onto fabric before being appliquéd onto a white cotton ground and embroidered with representations of swimming sperm. The contemporary and non-traditional nature of the printed and embroidered motifs invite a discussion about the nature of contemporary photography and the cross over between art and craft practices.
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Digital Art / Digitaalinen Taide, Mixed Media / Sekatekniikka, Photography / Valokuvaus, Printmaking / Taidegrafiikka