Nearer the Time
The exhibition consists of three series of new photographs which, individually and in combination, explore themes such as motherhood, identity, kinship and mortality.
In the series Callus – Latin for ‘hard skin’ and a term for the protective scar tissue formed by trees when they are wounded – we see a number of large photographs of damaged tree roots lying exposed or in the healing process. With their organic forms and processes they can be regarded as visualizations of the strangely contrastful and continuously changing nature of existence; how life ties itself in knots, expands and contracts, twists and dislocates, opens and heals wounds. As fragments of nature the temporal and spatial anchoring of the roots is not negotiable, but in the photographs they have been detached from their original context and now stand as isolated, floating, staged objects enlarged to the scale of the body. Cautiously they open up from an unknown place and invite us to explore an at once very close and remote world – or another layer of reality.