Elaine Duigenan, ‘Terra Incognita’, 2009, KLOMPCHING GALLERY

14" diameter image on 24"x20" sheet

In this intimate series of images, she has photographed the arterial wanderings of snails, as they graze upon algae, leaving behind an aftermath of claw-like patterns—caused by the rasping action of the snail’s spiky tongue.

On a micro level, these rambling, chaotic and protracted patterns, attest to a seemingly plodding yet vigorous life-form. On a macro level, they’re dendritic appearance resemble earth’s estuaries as viewed from far above. By presenting the images within a circular frame, these stunning monochromatic photographs are transformed into floating planets, as we would imagine them to be on a cosmic scale. The planetary metaphor is further enhanced with titles that refer to cartographic terms of old, that placed Earth in a philosophical and religious setting.

Prior to their completion and exhibition, an image from Micro Mundi was launched into space on Shuttle Atlantis on November 16th 2009.

Series: Micro Mundi

Signature: Signed, Titled, Numbered, Dated on verso.

Image rights: Elaine Duigenan

June 17 – August 6, 2010

Direct from the artist.

About Elaine Duigenan