Note from the Artist: “My work is about the representation of, and access to, an ephemeral landscape. The works insist on contradiction to reveal the marks of industrial globalization and land loss. Which phenomena should we value? Where do we look to find utopia? Mapping becomes a mission to get lost and search for images. Mystery is my compass.
I merge large-format chemical photography with digital techniques to combine multiple images into an intricate view of the landscape. In Moss Map, the sublime void of the sky becomes the water that grounds tiny islands of moss growing across an expansive horizon.
Phenomenal Growth was made from video footage of migratory birds returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Drawn from my own video stills, the forms map repetitive moments of flight and landing. The birds rest on tracings of shadows cast from twigs and plant tendrils collected from the same migratory destination.”
[MORE]Christy Speakman was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up exploring the landscape in the swamplands near New Orleans and the Island of Roatan, her mother’s birthplace in the western Caribbean. She has participated in residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Oregon College of Art and Craft and A Studio in the Woods. She has shown nationally at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Chashama, and the Bronx River Art Center in New York, as well as internationally at Motus Fort in Tokyo, Japan and Solar de Marquese de Santos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She received an MFA in Photography from Ohio University in 2005, and BA in Studio Art from the University of New Orleans in 2002. She lives and works in the South Bronx.
Consider Her Weightless, 2005-2010
Four Pigment Prints
Phenomenal Growth, 2008
Ink on Mylar Drawings
Terra Incognita, 2010