Where is this scene?, is it within ones body or upon a lichen covered branch? Using an automatic process using oil paints; I'm curious around the idea of infinity zooming in.
viewing the right side of 'Microcosm'
Living in the era of 'Anthropocene', the impact of human beings on the environment in becoming increasingly evident. This photograph looks like an oozing radioactive visceral mass; terraforming the surface of the land into a coagulated biomorphic landscape; showing the uncanny connections of this living planet.
Macro photograph of decalcomania
The veins in this paintings remind me of a photograph of the land from space.
Being curious about other worlds using lens based media.
The temporary Bio-indicator: Lichen
Most people live their lives without appreciating these little organisms which function using an innate symbiosis between fungus, algae and/or cyanobacteria. There are thousands of types of lichen, each resembling the surface of another world.
I created this hand detailed with rooted structures out of crank clay. Whenever I create artwork I try not to have any intentions or expectations, therefore, working as autonomously as I can.
Each bloom only a couple of mm big, this macro shot was taken using a reverse ring technique.
A longing to resolve anthropocentrism
I'm hoping that my photographs will alter perceptions on the connections within nature.
Through the active engagement with practical processes such as photography, painting and sculpture I have gained a greater understanding of the natural world, united with a monochrome colouration. I have specifically felt intrigued by the connections of the human body and landscapes, both sharing innate fragility: aging, infection, desertification and the danger of parasites. However, there is often symbiotic relationships to be found and an alluring sense of ephemerality.
Playing with scale and perspective, I’m sharing glimpses of microcosms; you can endlessly discover infinite detail such as organisms inhabiting alien landscapes. By curiously investigating ambiguous biomorphic surfaces, I’m presenting unfamiliar, but perhaps inhabitable landscapes, therefore, I associate my work with the uncanny valley theory. I’m hoping to transform people’s perceptions by giving them a sense of longing towards unexplored worlds.
Dennis Holt Travel scholarship 2018