策展人 | 劳拉·莫娅 Laura Moya
联合策展 | 王雪珂 Isabella Wang
艺术家 | 阿德里安·休斯 Adriene Hughes
This project began with a set of photographs I took with an infrared camera during the forest fires in Washington State in 2017. The photos are more anomalous in colour; they are the product of infrared light refracting through smoke, while the leaves produce a chemical reaction that suggests the forest is in pain. Scientists agree that forests are made up of communities of trees and plants that interact with each other, connected by a network of fungi that form bonds between the trees' root systems, a phenomenon known as the mycorrhizal network. This mycorrhizal network can stretch for miles, linking thousands of trees together. I believe that the colours produced in these photographs are a record of the trees communicating, indicating that they are warning and defending each other against an impending fire.
Mycorrhizal networks include biochemical and electrical signals, and what would these signals look like if they were visible to the naked eye? For this purpose, I have used embroidery to realise this vision. The colours created by infrared technology and the embroidery I stitched onto the photographs connect my body to the Ether, which in turn is connected to the landscape.