Private View Thursday April 4th 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition runs unit July 1st at Carmel by the Green.
WAVE Collective presents Ring to Root: A Recollection of Our Time, a solo show by internationally exhibited artist Hannah Fletcher. ‘Ring to Root’ combines her distinguished work ‘Circles: A Record of Our Time’ and her latest work ‘What Remains: The Root and the Radical.’ Both series consider the passage of time and man’s effect upon nature through the delicate observation of trees.
Hannah Fletcher’s work intrinsically entwines the organic and the photographic while exploring environmentally and ecologically focused issues; acting as a pseudo-scientist and utilizing cameraless photographic processes, Fletcher questions humanity’s impact on tree rings, conducts chromatographic silver nitrate filtrations on soil samples, and considers the mental capacity of tree roots.
The chemicals and toxins we have dumped into the world are absorbed by tree roots and captured in tree rings. ‘The Root and The Radical’ acts as a chemical and photographic exploration into plant roots and plant life below ground. In the late 1800s, Charles Darwin was the first to suggest that the tip of the roots in plants is akin to the brain of some animals. Working in an investigative manner, Fletcher has been collecting and incorporating tree roots into her photographic process. The roots act as a printing device: the uptake or lack thereof alters each print, displaying the root’s characteristics and cognitive presence through their exposure to photographic paper.
As trees grow they form growth rings, each ring differs depending on environmental fluctuations so that the tree acts as a recording device, a camera. ‘Circles: A Record of Our Time’ is an ecology of image that examines how man’s relationship with the environment can be read from trees. In our current geological epoch, the Anthropocene 3, we, humans, are directly affecting the growth of these tree rings since CO2 levels have been rising in the atmosphere, tree rings have been getting wider. This is explained by the tree absorbing more CO2, causing it to grow faster and resulting in the rings becoming further spaced apart. The rings of the iris replace the rings of the tree, acting as a metaphor for humans shaping the evolution of the environment.
Visual and allegorical associations are made as we look for some form of representation within Fletcher’s images. We see an eyeball pulled from its socket, a spine - twisted and turned, a jellyfish, a mountain range. The deep backgrounds engulf vibrant intricacies, in this, we may identify marks resembling the vast unknown of space or perhaps the strange twisting bodies of microscopic amoebas. We see a ‘direct physical impression of the world through light,’ the two worlds of the infinitely large and the barely traceable blend into one bewildering sight of enquiry.