2020 | PhD thesis exhibition | chromogenic prints, pigment prints, gelatin silver solar prints, digital video, digital 3D models
“The Anthropocene casts a long shadow over everything. I made these artworks as a response to the climate crisis, answering the urgent need to conceptualize nature differently.”
Exhibition at Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Composed of three projects — Ambient Pressure, Surfacing, and Echo — this practice-led PhD project fractures the logic of pictorial and semiotic conventions of photomedia, forming inverted landscapes that contend with the material and political implications of visually representing the Anthropocene.
At a time of extreme environmental upheaval, Inverted Landscapes exposes how photography objectifies, abstracts, and distances nature; it simultaneously undermines material semblance and the representational structures of photography. Within this larger body of work, three distinct projects were made by directly exposing photo-materials to natural phenomena like geothermal activity and high-salinity environments, by physically modifying film and prints, and by extending these material gestures into moving images and 3D-scanned plant forms. The results of such nontraditional processes take the form of one-of-a-kind photo prints, 3D models, video, and installation.