Living on Air
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Living on Air

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2009

Lichen is a symbiotic organism, usually consisting of a fungus and a green alga or cyanobacterium. Its growth is so slow that it's often used to date rock formations. This video is comprised of 85 photographs of lichen found on the foot paths and stone walls of a country home in northern Italy. My intent in this artwork is two-fold. I want to celebrate the incredible beauty of a living organism that is so often overlooked and literally underfoot. I'm also amazed by its incredibly slow growth, and its use as a living chronometer.This video creates a near-imperceptible shift from one image to the next, an ode to the gorgeous visual imagery created by this creature, and it's mesmerizing permutations over time.

time : 2'26

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