The exhibition ‘’Printing Through the Landscape’’ presents a series of photographic and print works, in addition to a video piece re-tracing visual artist Taylor Smith’s research and production during her two months in residence in Finland. After completing her project ‘’How to Capture Flow, Part II: The Light Journals’’ during the Bioart Society’s Ars Bioartica residency at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Taylor arrived in at KulttuuriKauppila on May 2. Throughout the course of both residency programs, Taylor ‘s practice of intimate exploration of unfamiliar landscapes, collecting, photographing and printing the traces of botanical and microbial life she discovers, has continued both in Kilpisjärvi and in Ii. Employing photosensitive techniques such as bacteria printing (a technique she recently developed, in collaboration with Finnish microbiologist Dr. Minna Männistö of the Finnish Natural Resources Institute), chlorophyll printing, anthotypes and cyanotypes, she attempts to capture, then print fragments of the landscape onto paper, bark, agar agar and other nature-based supports.
Directly integrated into the wood panels of the KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre’s walls, these works will come together as an installation that offers a visual and conceptual re-framing of Finnish landscapes, through the eyes of a temporary visitor.
Learn more about the exhibition: www.taylor-smith-art.com