Transcriptions: Indices from the Earth presents non-representational images from experiences with and within nature. These images come into being in concert with the act of touching, by bringing light-sensitive materials into immediate contact with nature, physically touching paper to soil, water, or plant material. This work situates the return to camera-less imagery, a current trend in contemporary art, as a valuable way to connect a photograph’s meaning and appearance with its technique and subject matter. The images in this body of work work to bring us to focus on the matter of the photograph and the earth, by examining how we consciously experience its tactile qualities, and how we interact with and have subject responses to an images materiality. Here, images created in and of the landscape offer a raw, primal, and rooted aesthetic experience of place. They set up a world to create occasions for the recognition of beauty. Transcriptions: Indices from the Earth asks the viewer to consider what can be learned from the world through direct physical contact with it, and what such a connection with the world may reveal about ourselves.
Transcription: Indices from the Earth thesis by Kyra Schmidt