Ekkyklêma, 2014-16

Ekkyklêma, 2014-16

A series of multi-piece mosaics of camera-less toned gelatin silver ‘shadowgram’ and ‘chemogram’ images on film recorded on location in the Victorian Mallee and Alps. Individually mounted on a pane of starphire glass, each film/glass tile is 14 cm x 14 cm x 0.6 cm. They are intended to be displayed on LED light boxes. Each is a unique object. Enquire here.

An Ekkyklêma was a platform used in ancient Greek tragic performances to display the pharmarkos or abject body of the human victim to an audience. The imagery in this series of Ekkyklêma’s comprises the shadows cast by flash on film without a camera of live Bogong moths Agrotis infusa gathered in the field at Mount Buffalo (artworks 1-3), varied live invertebrates collected around Lake Tyrrell (4-5) and the chemical trace of dancer’s feet bathed in photographic fixer etched into film recorded on the salt bed of the same lake (6). Associating invertebrate imagery from an alpine site with that of the arid zone and imagery of the nonhuman with the human points to the kind of ecological hybridization and decline in habitat integrity that is accompanying climate change. The tropes of physical touch, cast shadows and invertebrate abjection allude to the disdain for the non-human world that has helped enable global ecological tragedy to unfold.

The Lake Tyrrell insect films are a major source for the artworks of Syzygy, the footprint chemograms are the basis of the Dancing on Mars prints and the new Moth Liturgy series has been derived from the Mount Buffalo films.

 

 

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