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MANGANESE

MANGANESE, 2019, film photography, sizes variable. Inspired by Rumi, “Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.” The film exposures from beneath a budding tree in spring are cast in two-lights, a series in the film imprint and a series with the felt sense of 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. *Note the resolution on webpages is for previewing purposes only, and to protect the artwork, it does not indicate the quality of the printed work.

 

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

 

 

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