Ekkyklêma, 2014

Ekkyklêma, 2014

A series of three multi-piece mosaics of camera-less toned gelatin silver ‘shadowgram’ and ‘chemogram’ images on film recorded on location at Lake Tyrrell in the Victorian Mallee. Individually mounted on a pane of starphire glass, each of the sixty film/glass tiles 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 varied live invertebrates collected around Lake Tyrrell and the chemical trace of dancer’s feet bathed in photographic fixer etched into film recorded on the salt bed of the lake. Associating invertebrate imagery from an ecologically damaged site and human footprints points to the kind of decline in habitat integrity accompanying past land clearing and contemporary 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 insect films were a major source for the invertebrate plates of Syzygy whilst the footprint chemograms formed the basis of the Dancing on Mars prints.

 

 

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