Jessica Larva Suspended lightbox
Jessica Larva suspended lightbox

(Left to right) Suspended #225Suspended #346Suspended #150Suspended #289, 2010-2013
Duratrans images mounted on 10-inch by 12.5-inch light-boxes

These artworks are part of a larger body of work that focuses on the form of dead flowers, leaves, and insects to engage the space between and around our concepts of preservation, life and death, presence and absence. Through the medium of technology the works reveal an alternate vantage point, and a space where dried and brittle leaves become reanimated as if floating in a deep and timeless sea.

The images intentionally resemble X-rays, but were created using a digital scanning technique that allows for the substitution of thin, semi-transparent objects in place of film negatives. The resulting colors remain unaltered as a natural artifact of the scan, and the creation process is mirrored in reverse through the presentation on light-boxes.

These works were inspired by Stan Brakhage’s experimental film, Mothlight.