MANGANESE, 2019, film photography, sizes variable. The film exposures from beneath a budding tree in spring are cast in a light reminiscent of the mineral Manganese. The element related to the metabolic processes within the human body are also used in manufacturing to prevent corrosion. The images aesthetically work to create reverence with the relationship humans have with nature. In high concentrations, Manganese is lethal, and in deficits cause great pain. As Elaine Scarry writes in On Beauty and Being Just, Beauty offers experiences leading to resolutions of inner turmoil. The balance of energy, motivation, and resources for a tree to grow also follows in traditions of seekers and sages of wisdom. The series is represented by Albumen Gallery.
Being is a held breath
and between these branches
are one-hundred-thousand breaths
toward the heaven
before the descent
back to the present.
Rachel Wolfe, Kjerringøy 2020
“Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.” -Rumi