© 2018 Marynes Avila

Colonizers 

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Microscopy x 10, a series of 18 digital photo micrographs, 16 x 22cm; edition of 6

 

These works take us through a journey of multiplicity not perceived by the naked eye.   

Exploring organic material and natural forms under the microscope, the outcome unveils the unperceived beauty that surrounds us all and confirms we are the sum of a myriad of particles in a complex universe of multiples.

 

This work extends my ongoing research on multiplicity in the natural realm and it’s the outcome of a two-week artist residency at the Gatekeeper’s Cottage on the mouth of the Cataract Gorge.

The iconic Gorge was a major source of inspiration for the work, specially its totemic rock formations covered with ancient lichen. Dating back 2.2 billion years, lichens are multiple organisms –an algae and two types of fungus – and the primary colonizers of soil-less surfaces on which the ecosystem relies for the slow corrosion of rock. Lichen’s presence indicates a non-polluted environment. When we look at lichen we are in the presence of a little community, a multiple organism constituted of two types of fungi and cyanobacteria.

 

King’s Bridge Cottage Artist in Residence, Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania

Supported by the Launceston City Council 

2016