The Migration series of darkroom silver prints began during a residency in Paris at École du Breuil d’Horticulture, where I examined the intertwined history of human and plant migrations. After collecting plant cuttings from gardeners, I then dipped them into porcelain slip and fired them in a kiln documenting the plants existence. Only an internal imprint of the form could be seen in the translucent porcelain when held to the light. After returning to Chicago, from memory I painted a migration color onto the photograms of the porcelain botanicals referencing the place and color surrounding the lifeforms previous habitat and history. With this work I suggest to the viewer to consider the fragility and tenacity of natures links, recognizing its ever-changing beauty, interconnectedness and importance in taking steps to preserve it.

Migration | silverprint, paint, light, porcelain and graphite 

Above: one of a kind silverprint on darkroom cotton paper, site-specific paint and graphite, 16x12 inches, 2017-2020

Below: photosensitive silverprint darkroom cotton paper, site-specific paint and graphite, 12x9 inches, 2017-2020

Silver print of porcelain botanicals, mineral pigment, 16x12 inches, 2019
Silver print of porcelain botanicals, mineral pigment, 12x9 inches, 2019
Silver print of porcelain botanicals, mineral pigment, 16x12 inches, 2019
Silver print of porcelain botanicals, mineral pigment, 16x12 inches, 2019
Silver print of porcelain botanicals, mineral pigment, 16x12 inches, 2019
Silver print of porcelain botanicals, mineral pigment, 12x9 inches, 2019
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