KLEA McKENNA | Automatic Earth
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McKenna’s current body of work, Automatic Earth, refers to what she sees as a “blueprint” within nature; a plan within each organism to automatically generate a particular form or pattern that is, in its execution, almost inevitably flawed. She approaches these broken patterns within the landscape as allegories for the human emotional experience. It’s where the pattern breaks that we’re told something: a draught, a trauma, an interaction, the slash of a chainsaw… a crack in the earth. Trees grow for decades or centuries and their formation is a record of time, of labor, the story of a life.
The process of making her work provides an unlikely prescription for how to experience the landscape, and how to generate evidence of that experience. With a variety of raw, even crude methods, McKenna uses light-sensitive paper and handmade tools to makes outdoor photograms – including hand-embossed imprints that she calls “photographic rubbings.”
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