upon green hills and ice girdled water beneath the Polar Star
Description fragments from Issac Isreal Hayes’s expedition journal Open Polar Sea represent the thrill and wonder of adventure as well as his personal exploration into the spirituality of light; where objects are simultaneously a physical thing and a psychological sensation. 8x10” silver gelatin photographic paper was exposed with these landscape descriptions and then nostalgically stacked and bound with silk ribbon. Over time, these unprocessed photographic images fade and disappear just as the projected future of the landscapes depicted.
Exploring the negative impact of “man’s need” to control the landscape I hybridize photography, biology and environmental sculpture. A negative image is placed on the environment to shape and control “Nature” as it grew within the open forms. When the negative e was removed the positive image of nature remained…until the sun reclaimed the intervention.